MBTI Type: ESFJ
Elizabeth approaches every situation with the desire to share her feelings on the subject, from her exuberance as a child (always talking back, always laughing, always pulling Dido into shenanigans with her) and find an emotional consensus. It bothers her a great deal that Dido is not accepted nor treated as her equal, in social terms, yet because her society refuses to accept her, Elizabeth capitulates to such treatment, in order to remain “appropriate.” She wants Dido to share her thoughts and feelings with her, and feels cheated when she does not; upon meeting a young man she finds attractive, she speaks often of him, and shares her hopes that he will soon propose. She wonders when he does not and seeks reassurance from her friend, not an “I told you so.” Her inferior Ti is very uncomfortable with detachment – when Dido nicely tries to tell her that the man she “loves” is not a nice person at all, rather than listen to her, Elizabeth attacks her as being jealous, insecure, and illegitimate! But she is also remorseful for her actions and words and the two soon become friends once more. She assumes that “because things have always been this way, they will be this way in the future” – because other young ladies inherit their father’s fortunes and that makes them good marital prospects, she expects the same. She is terribly shaken when her dreadful stepmother convinces her father to leave her no money, which means she cannot have the love match in society that she seeks. Elizabeth has grown up seeing Dido as her sister-cousin and is baffled when society does not accept them, and shuns Dido for the color of her skin. She knows how things work in Georgian England, how to attract men, and what to expect given their singular attentions and feels upset when things go amiss. Her lower Ne becomes worried about the future and her own marital prospects, but she finds it difficult to think ill of anyone she loves – so she is not good at seeing things from an opposing point of view.
Enneagram: 2w3 so/sp
More than anything, she wants love – to fall in love, to be in love, to marry the man she loves, to give love to her cousin, and receive it in return. She tries to impress their guests and assumes them more in awe of her than they are, owing to her egotistical belief that she is a “catch” (the influence of her 3 wing, which wants to shine, be seen as the best, and chafes at the dreadfulness of not having enough money to attract the best suitors). She is optimistic, sweet, forgiving, cheerful, exuberant and boisterous, to such an extent that a woman remarks that she will “be a handful.” Her 3 wing also finds it hard to self-deny, to accept hearing negative things about her opinions, or to ‘lose out’ to Dido (she is actively distressed, when they ask Dido to play the piano for them, making her own weak performance stand out all the more).