Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Sister Ursula does not realize how much she is a “prisoner to her own experiences and worldview,” a common problem with under-developed Si-doms. She has allowed a traumatic mistake in her past to shape how she intends to approach Poplar, and refuses to adapt to the needs of the immediate community, in order to adhere to what she is “used to” and how she feels it will correct her previous misdeed. The tragic result of this is that she almost causes a woman and her baby to lose their life, since she imposed such strict routines on her midwives, they missed the signs of gas poisoning. Rather than open up to Ne development in her time in Poplar, she shuts herself off from it and holds onto rigid standards – but at the end of her short stay, she does come to admit that not every situation needs to conform to the same expectations. She regrets her heavy-handedness and leaves, hopefully a better woman for learning from her mistakes. She arrives in Poplar with an agenda, and it stands in direct contrast with Sister Julienne’s more feeler-based approach. Ursula expects them to conduct themselves appropriately, be where they said they would be on time, and run a “tight ship.” She sees how to improve their system, and tighten their resources… but does so at the emotional cost of their patients. She argues that they are midwives, and should not be running errands for their housewives or taking afternoon tea with them. To combat this, she imposes a 20 minute per visit rule, which the girls struggle to hold to. No one understands the deeper motivations behind this, until they learn about her previous mistakes. When Ursula almost causes a woman’s death through this, she is broken – her Fi takes a hit, and she crumbles, realizing that her detachment in favor of logical and effective work-around’s has had tragic real-life consequences. It jolts her back into her feeling function, and enables her to genuinely reach out and make a connection to those around her.
Enneagram: 1w9 sp/so
Ursula is on the rigid end of a 1. She wants total order, efficiency, and for everything to be perfect… even if it means being less friendly and not spending as much time with their patients. She wants to bring what she sees as a scattered and imperfect Nonnotus House into order. Her rigidity, which includes getting rid of Sister Monica Joan’s television, banishing all their delicious treats at noon, and other ways of tightening the purse strings, make her unpopular among the inhabitants of the house. Her 9 wing does not care for conflict, and has numbed her to the objections of others. But once her actions have consequences, Ursula falls into 4 disintegration and faces a period of shame, melancholy, and deep emotional introspection. She emerges better for it.