MBTI Type: ESTP
Frank is a lively and spirited man who loves to ride out into the country, meet up with beautiful damsels (sometimes in distress), and who will on impulse, ride all the way to London to arrange for an expensive present to arrive at his secret betrothed’s house. He is often momentarily reactive but also quick to cover up his blunders—such as when he innocently reveals too much told to him in one of Jane’s letters and attempts to apologize to Jane later at the party, using spell-blocks to create a word puzzle of ‘blunder.’ He misleads Emma and participates in her speculations about Jane, often contributing to them. When bored, he demands they hold a ball in town and seeks out better accommodations than a ‘too small’ drawing room. Frank has almost no ability to reflect on the long-term consequences of his behavior, he simply assumes (correctly, as it turns out) that an apology will set everything right – showing his lack of foresight. He cannot wait for his aunt to die, so he can travel around the world with Jane. Whatever he may be, Frank is not a fool. He knows without his aunt’s approval and money, without catering to her every whim, she will cut him off completely and then he won’t see a cent of her massive fortune. So even though he is in love with Jane, Frank pretends he isn’t—to keep his fingers on the purse strings. He often sets out, only to turn about and return to his aunt’s side and cater to her every whim, simply to keep her happy. But is his tert-Fe that we see the most. He carelessly uses Emma for his own amusement and to keep up his ruse of disinterest in Jane – conspiring with her, flirting openly with her (right in front of Jane, no less), confiding his false feelings in her, and manipulating her and everyone else in the process into expecting him to propose. He can be witty, vain, and shallow, selfish and unkind. Frank thinks a present and to ‘make nice’ will fix it, assuming his charm will win the day – and except for Mr. Knightley, he’s often right. At the picnic, he finds it hard to conceal his feelings, becoming moody, petulant, and cross with Emma and her friends, and covering up his frustrations with Jane by complaining about the heat and complaining about his aunt’s illness.
Enneagram: 3w4 so/sx
Frank is easily able to become whatever others expect him to be—to his aunt, a doting and devoted nephew willing to cater to her every whim; to Jane, an ardent and passionate lover who gives her pianos but is quite careless about and with her feelings; to Emma, a conspirator who comes up with evidence to support her theories; to his father, a nice young man. The only person who sees right through him is Mr. Knightley, who finds him pompous, shallow, selfish, and vain. Frank can be so eager to promote Jane, he risks tiring her out by demanding she perform at length for them (thus impressing all gathered with her piano skills). His 4 wing is moody, resentful, and petulant, at times causing him to become very ‘poor company indeed.’