MBTI Type: ESFJ
Danielle has a much larger concern for humanity than merely herself; when she liberates her servant by paying his fine, after the prince helps her, she points out that he did not even “look at the others” (being sold into slavery to pay their debts). She is up front and frank about her opinions, reacting emotionally in the moment and sharing information in a desire to form emotional connection to Henry (she gives him her views on libraries, Sir Thomas More, humanitarian causes, etc). It is Danielle who inspires Henry to think about his social responsibilities as a prince, and what good he could do for the entire nation through different leadership. Her tendency to share her feelings sometimes earns her physical abuse. She cannot understand why her stepmother is so cruel, and asks it of her – the answer hurts her feelings, but she accepts it. Danielle has a hard time detaching from her strong opinions and beliefs, but all of them are consistent with her true self. She is not limited by facts, but clever in finding unusual ways to work around problems (such as tricking the bandits into agreeing to let her have whatever she can carry, and walking away with Henry on her shoulders). She is happiest at home, with a fondness for her mother’s gowns, her father’s books, the estate she intends to restore after getting rid of her stepmother and stepsisters. Danielle ties everything back to her former, subjective experiences – the love she had with her father, the romanticism of her mother, their last conversation, the final book he brought home for her. She is discontent only because her step-family are so disagreeable; and comforts herself in the familiarity of her outer world. Many of her philosophies she gleaned from books. Da Vinci’s inventions and philosophies excite her. Danielle likens her relationship with Henry to a fable – a bird may love a fish, senor, but where would they live? She keeps a larger picture in mind when hoping her sister will attract the prince’s attention, and take all of them away from the estate. She is a romantic, and in some sense, an idealist, who believes it is possible to build a better world than the one they currently exist in.
Enneagram: 2w1 so/sp
Danielle is compassionate and considers others’ welfare as more important than her own. She endures a great deal of abuse from her stepmother out of respect for her position and a desire for love; she wonders if the woman has ever cared about her, and is hurt by the reaction (“How can one love a pebble in their shoe?”). She loves the comforts of home, and to do things that make her feel safe, such as reading Utopia over and over. She forgives her stepmother and stepsister their abuse once as queen, showing a tolerant nature; she does not condemn the gypsies and even shows them sympathy after they have harassed her. Danielle also moralizes at people and reacts in anger much of the time; when a thief steals her father’s horse, she rushes out into the field to pelt him with apples and abuse him verbally (“She spoke quite forcefully,” the prince says). She ‘slaughters’ her friend Gustav as a child in a mud fight (and admits this with great glee). She forcefully tells off the prince for being selfish and inconsiderate (“You gave one man back his life, but did you even glance at the others?”). She also uses her line to 8 to move into aggressive, defensive behaviors. When her stepsister insults the memory of her dead mother, Danielle punches her in the face and chases her downstairs, intending to “rip your hair out.” When a man tries to force her against her will, Danielle yanks his knife out of his belt, slices open his face, and warns him if he doesn’t release her, she’ll slit him “from navel to nose.” She shifts between submissive and dominant a lot, but cannot stay silent if she sees injustice.