Anne of the Thousand Days: Anne Boleyn [ESFP 8w7]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Anne is an earthy and present girl, who admits to her suitor Henry Percy that she is not a virgin (“In France… and before…”). She seems eager to bed him before marriage and curious about whether or not he is a virgin. But she also has a keen insight into what’s happening around her at all times, and is quite good at influencing it to her favor – when Wolsey drives her and Percy apart on the demand of the king, as soon as she has a little bit of power, she undermines him in Henry’s eyes and forces him into a reduced position as a bitter rebuke. (She frames it sweetly, but arouses Henry’s doubts about whether he can trust Wolsey, since the cardinal is richer than he is, with more titles.) She enjoys having beautiful new things, pleasant experiences, and a life of luxury at the court, but also stringing Henry along—at first, because she means it, and later because she sees the advantages it gives her. Anne promises him sons, lots of sons, if he will make her queen—but only then, and only when “our children will not be bastards.” She is determined “not to end up like my sister Mary,” showing a minor amount of futuristic planning (but not enough to sense when the king has decided to get rid of her, or the lengths he will go to, to frame her in adultery and incest). Her final speech in the Tower shows total confidence in the future ahead for their child, “Our daughter WILL be queen!”

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

She is fiercely true to herself, even when all outside pressures insist she be otherwise; when her parents beg her to lie with Henry, she accuses them of benefitting off her sister’s adultery with the king, and tells them she has no intention of following in her footsteps. She tells them the king can tear down their house, for all she cares; she will “not take him to my bed!” Henry harasses her for months, without making a dent in her bitter resentment for having sent away her beloved Percy. When he asks her what he can give her to make her love him, she tells him to bring Percy back—an insult he takes wrong. Anne leaves no chance untaken to test, harass, and express her fierce opinions and feelings. But over time, she leans more and more into her Te, as she sees how “useful” Henry can be to her, in dismantling her enemies, in granting her absolute power, in putting a crown on her head, and ensuring any children born of their lust will inherit the throne of England.

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Anne, when someone tells her the king is shouting for her and in a towering rage, laughs and sticks out her hand to show them that she is not trembling and fears him not. She doesn’t. She tells him things to his face no one else would dare admit in his presence. She insults his poetry and music. She spurns him as a lover. She calls him a lustful adulterer. She gets slapped for her insolence and doesn’t seem to mind a bit. They have as ferocious of arguments, which escalate into screaming matches, as they do passionate, lustful embraces. She admits that she detests the pure lust she feels for him, yet still gives in readily to it. Anne speaks with detachment about a potential sexual encounter as a very young woman, possibly a child (“we were playing in the garden, he fell on top of me, and…”). She finds it pleasurable to lord over others and destroy Wolsey, showing an 8’s tendency toward “an eye for an eye” mentality. Even in prison, she remains rebellious and defiant, taking pleasure in lying to her husband’s face and tormenting him in the knowledge that every day for the rest of his life, he will look at all the men around him at court and wonder which ones she had. Her 7 wing enjoys pleasures and distractions, and can be evasive and unwilling to commit without assurances.