Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Mary is a schemer who is far more aware of the consequences of her actions than her brother, who impulsively starts up an affair with a married woman and threatens to ruin them both in the process. She has many ‘ideas’ about how she can change Edmund’s prospects for the future, talk him out of becoming a cleric’s wife, and profit off him inheriting a fortune after his brother dies. When the affair becomes a problem, it’s Mary who instantly knows how to correct it, and make them seem ‘more acceptable’ to high society – in stages, they will slowly welcome them back into the family until the outer world forgets the scandal. She is witty, outgoing, funny, and charming, able to win over every man who comes into contact with her, in contrast with the far less flippant and more moralizing Fanny. Her inferior Si holds to very few traditions and has no use nor interest in the moral constraints of the period in which she lives; she is decidedly unsentimental and only ever thinks about the future. She is precise and logical, thinking sequentially about what could happen next and how they might all profit off it. She intends to marry well and recognizes that you need money to survive in this world. She also finds Edmund’s choice of the clergy a poor one and assumes she can convince him to change his mind at some later date. She is opportunistic and holds no real moral opinions – when his running off with a married woman provokes a scandal and shame upon the family, rather than being horrified by it, Mary expresses her annoyance that he was so stupid as to get caught. Like many under-developed ETPs, Mary uses her Fe only to charm, seduce, and get what she wants, rather than in a meaningful way intended to enrich the lives of others. She can be sweet and flattering, or ‘hush my father like a dottering old fool,’ as Edmund says. She is also genuinely perplexed when Edmund rejects her on moral grounds for her lack of morality, since to her, morality is just a moral construct – reliant on the situation and whether you ‘get caught.’

Enneagram: 7w6 so/sp

Self-confident, bold, and charming, Mary has total faith in her own worth, she promotes herself, and she wants whatever she wants, and to have a good time doing it. She is risk-taking and calculating, betting high on cards, always looking for entertainment (wittily engaging with others, leaping at the chance to star in a play, and hoping to draw attention to herself). Like many 7s, she tends to turn things around into positive future prospects than dwell too long in sadness about them — she refuses to let her brother’s diminished reputation thwart her expectations for herself and her family, and comes up with a scheme to ‘re-introduce them into good society’ and fix the entire mess. She thinks her way through the situation and comes up with viable solutions and has an optimistic attitude about how this can turn out all right in the end. Mary so enjoys nice things, she finds it hard to imagine others would not want lives of entertainment, stimulation, and adventure (rather than the boredom of a cleric’s wife). She is more careful than Henry in how she engages herself, she has a much better ability to make others like her, and she is able to 6ishly be funny and charming to earn their inclusiveness. She does not like to be cut off from others.

Review: Mansfield Park (1999), Mansfield Park (2008)