Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te

The new Mrs. de Winter prioritizes her love for her husband above all, and tries in every way to please him. She cares about him far more than her relationship with others, and has no problem lying to her employer while seeing him in Monte Carlo. She finds it hard to hide her feelings for him and fails to notice that everyone in the hotel is talking about it, because she’s absorbed in her own feelings toward him and in the romanticism of being courted and loved. Though initially put off and intimidated by Mrs. Danvers, when the woman confesses to her that she hoped for a deep relationship with Maxim’s new wife, she falls for it, and allows her into her heart (temporarily, until she realizes it’s a trick). She is a naïve dreamer from the start, taking great pleasure in her little romance and innocently blundering through life in an idealized state, not realizing the significance of things until it is too late. Given new information, however, she can quickly reach intuitive leaps—when Maxim has such a strong reaction to her gown for the ball and demands she change, and then the maid tells her Mrs. Danvers was behind it, she instantly realizes that Rebecca must have chosen the same costume for the ball before she died. She figures out Rebecca’s true reasons for inviting her husband’s wrath, to avoid a painful prolonged death of cancer. She has no interest in the boring details of life or in running a house, instead wanting to live constantly on the move, from house to house, staying in little hotels on a whim (Maxim reminds her that isn’t “real life”). As she immerses herself more and more into the house, she starts to encounter the threat of memories that are not her own, and self-compares to Rebecca and feels inferior to the woman’s superior skill at everything. She exhibits inferior Te anxiety about planning the party down to the smallest detail and having it all go smoothly, and also can be blunt and forceful under stress, such as when she charges into Mrs. Danvers’ room to fire her and insists this is “my” decision and not that of my husband.

Enneagram:  9w1 sx/so

Mrs. de Winter is excessively compliant, meekly attempting to please her employer, fearing conflict and criticism over dating Maxim and hiding it through lies and evasion. She doesn’t want to tell her about their engagement, but hopes instead to just sneak away, to avoid any particular upset. Mrs. Danvers easily intimidates her through her brisk manner and icy demands. Maxim, however, has her cowed to a terrible degree – one loss of his temper and she crumples, over-apologizes, and fails to assert herself. She confronts Mrs. Danvers twice in anger, only to quickly apologize and attempt to make nice before she realizes how insidious the woman truly is. She’s so inclined to merge into her environment, she becomes intimidated by the house and its memories of Rebecca, and even at one point considers jumping out a window at the encouragement of the housekeeper. But as the story goes on, she finds her own agency, learns to separate herself from others, and does things for herself, proactively rather than reactively, starting with throwing the ball and ending with protecting her husband from harm.