MBTI Type: ESFJ
Mary has devoted her life to serving Scotland and putting aside all her personal wishes and desires to act as its advocate and protector. She is quick to assess her own feelings and share them, often telling off Francis for his lack of support for her, moralizing at Catherine and frowning on her immoral tactics, and finding ways to rally the public in her own defense. Mary thinks of their welfare and tries to help them in whatever way she can. She is also aware of the consequences of her own and other people’s actions, warning Kenna becoming Henry’s mistress “will make her Catherine’s enemy. When someone Lola loves tries to rape Mary, she puts aside her own personal feelings about it to try and save his life, in order to keep the love of her lady-in-waiting. Mary often assumes too much that she understands what others are feelings and pulls away from them, such as cheating on Francis and asking him to find a new lover after her rape; she doesn’t want to deal with her feelings or face his shame on her behalf. She fails to analyze her own feelings or his in this regard or to be detached enough to evaluate whether this would damage his respect for her. Mary places a great deal of importance on her own subjective experiences and encounters — she is often comparing the past to the present when it comes to Francis’ behavior, she has obeyed the traditional methods of the time (to marry the man best suited for her, to form an alliance for her kingdom, to form advantageous marriages for her ladies, etc), and she looks toward the practicalities involved in court. Mary often wants to serve the needs of her peasants, and is good at acting on their behalf. Her repeated encounters with people make her suspicious of them, or trusting of them. Her Ne is very active. Mary instinctively realizes the mysterious figure in the tunnel intends to help and protect her life, so she listens to and accepts her word as truth. She accurately guesses Queen Catherine has set her up to lose her virtue. When Catherine tells her a lie about what befell her in her youth, Mary sees through it (“the soldiers didn’t make it on time, did they?”). She knows Francis has more feelings for his mistress than he cares to admit. She often says, “I know Catherine is behind this,” or makes a similar claim – she is often right, but has no “proof” to back up her intuitive conclusion. She figures out Lola’s pregnant with her husband’s child within two conversations. Mary becomes hard and cold under stress, showing greater ruthlessness as the series unfolds when dealing with her enemies — but it’s all for Scotland!
Enneagram: 6w7 so/sx
Mary’s friends describe her as “cautious and suspicious.” That’s true. She has an instinctive distrust of people and seems to be testing them for whether she can rely on them or not. She is suspicious of Catherine’s motives (for a good reason). She warns her friends of the negative possible outcomes to their romantic decisions (not to get entangled with lesser men, or in Kenna’s situation, the most powerful man in France). She shifts between being submissive and authoritative, wanting France’s support but willing to go forth without it. She changes her mind on almost a daily basis on important issues, from whether to listen to her heart to which husband she needs. She is so fearful of the unknown, when Nostradamus predicts Francis’ death as a result of their marriage, she’s willing to run away from him. Mary approaches life rationally, often putting aside her feelings to make what she believes are “safe” and “logical” decisions. Her 7 wing makes her playful with her friends and able to also see the good in situations, as well as more outgoing and sociable, but she also wants to run away from her problems, and avoid the people that make her feel unsure. Mary tries to deal with her rape through avoiding Francis, and seeking a romantic attachment elsewhere; she considers fleeing from France and moving to Scotland, thus avoiding any situation that caused her pain.