Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
John is an outspoken social activist who makes immediate moral judgments based on the treatment others extend to Belle and other humans like her; though society refuses to allow Dido to eat with her white family at dinner, due to being half-black, he demands to know why they refuse her at their table, despite professing their love for her. He points out that he has “twice seen you excluded from their company” when they have others present, and does not accept their invitation to dine with them because of it. He is often adamant in his opinions and in expressing them, and has a great desire to reshape society to conform to his moral views that all people are equal and should be treated as such. Lord Mansfield tells him that as a lawyer, he must learn to “curb your emotions,” something John finds difficult. When she says she will marry a man her family approves of, John asks her how SHE feels about it. He speaks out against “insuring slaves as cargo,” saying they are human beings and should all deserve the same respect and rights. John is an idealist to the extreme who sees how to improve everyone and everything, and wants to continually push society toward that end. He gathers a group of like-minded abolitionists around him, and influences them to use any means possible to reach the public about the importance the slave ship has in the abolitionist movement. John goes to Lord Mansfield for assistance, and aggressively pushes him to side with them, reminding him that his decision can forever shape English history, and do great good for the cause. He chose the legal profession, because it enables him to make a difference in the world by changing the laws, since he quickly realized that was the most effective method of impacting society. John shows almost no interest in social expectations, how things used to be done, and no respect for “the way things are.” He hates it, he wants it to change, and he abhors having to work “within the system” to change it. He speaks his mind, frankly, whenever confronted by anything he dislikes, and can be blunt and even rude when it comes to doing so (she insults him, so he insults her back; at one point, she professes innocence in how the slaves died on the slave ship, and he retorts that he doesn’t understand how she can be “utterly disconnected from everything”). He wants to become a lawyer, and can quote verbatim from various legal cases and law books.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
The world cannot perfect and improve itself fast enough for John, who tackles it with a clear sense of direction, a determination to right the wrongs of society, and firm, even harsh opinions about others’ ill behaviors. He challenges Lord Mansfield so much he winds up insulting him and is thrown out of the house. John is all about ‘changing the world’ for good, and is proactive in doing so – but he can also be judgmental and harsh. Dido’s innocence in the matter of the slave ship astonishes him so much, he insults her ignorance. Then he realizes his wrong and attempts to explain it to her. He finds the idea of marriage without love reprehensible, especially that she would ‘debase’ herself to marry a man who is ‘willing to overlook’ her black status, and not see it for the beautiful thing it is. He is quick to apologize, but also firm in his opinions. His 2 wing is proactive in society, eager to share his views, and aggressive in promoting his cause, but also seeks a deep and abiding love with a woman who is ‘my equal’ simply because she is human.