Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)

Laura has fierce opinions about who she is, but also high personal standards. She refuses to let herself complain too much, nor her sister Grace to do so either, when confronted with hardship. When a teacher mistreats both of them due to Nellie’s mean gossip, Laura becomes defiant and insists on “rocking” her sister’s desk as punishment all through class, with such force and determination, no one else can pay attention to their lessons. She often has secret internal thoughts that are “wicked,” for which she feels no remorse… at first. Laura can be spoiled and willful as a child, jealous of her sister’s pretty blue ribbons and blonde curls, but as she grows up, she becomes more ethical in her decision to work hard to send Mary to school. She can be rude and brisk under stress or when she’s upset, such as the numerous times she tells off Nellie at school (pointing out how poor Nellie’s family are now, what a shame they live in a shanty, etc). She can be rather tactless, bluntly telling Almanzo not to come for her anymore, since she doesn’t want a beau. Laura tends to act on her feelings, such as when, annoyed by Nellie’s presence on her buggy ride, she chooses to scare her half to death by spooking the horses into a run.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

She loves to be doing things. Laura would rather walk on the prairie than ride in the wagon. She begs Pa to take her along whenever he goes places. She feels excited to go to new places, and feels some of his “wanderlust.” Once, she expresses to him that she wishes they could “move on,” because it feels too settled at home. Laura’s tendency to live in the moment sometimes gets her into trouble, such as the time she almost drowns in a flooding creek because she wanted to walk across the plank, or when she gets leeches on her legs because she waded out too deep in the pond. She feels excitement rather than dread whenever Almanzo is breaking in a new horse, and becomes adept at leaping into the buggy. Laura feels a “thrill” when he hands her the reins and she feels the horses and their power through them. As a child, she coaxes her sister Mary into rolling down the haystack with her, reducing it into a misshapen mess that her father must stack again the next day. Faced with a wildfire, Laura leaps into action, snatching up a gunny sack and beating out the flames. She has flits of Ni now and again, insights like her Pa – she too knows that the Long, Long Winter will be long and terrible, though no one told her as much. She can just “feel” it coming.

Enneagram: cp6w7 so/sp

Laura admits numerous times throughout the novels that she was afraid, but chose to do something anyway. She’s afraid to leave home, but does it for Mary’s sake. She’s afraid of the fire, but runs to beat it out. She’s afraid of a woman standing over her husband with a knife, but still she stays there and teaches school. She’s afraid to teach, but does that, too. Laura throws herself headlong into life, but can also be reliant on her family, cautious, and unsure of what she wants. She thought she didn’t want Almonzo as a suitor only to change her mind later. She has a feeling that they ought to put Jack in the wagon, before they almost lose him in a rushing river (Pa should have listened to her). She also has an adventurous spirit, a wicked tongue, and a bit of naughtiness in her, although at her core, Laura is all about her family. She sacrifices herself for them regularly, putting all her earnings toward Mary and her education, because she feels beholden to do her part.