Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
This Mrs. de Winter is very different from the INFP in the book, or the ISFJ in other adaptations; she is far more assertive, sure of herself in a romantic sense, and confrontational, as well as being proactive in Maxims’ defense. The new Mrs. de Winter prioritizes her love for her husband above all, and tries in every way to please him, but is also mostly concerned with her own needs and feelings. It doesn’t matter what others think about his actions; she realizes she loves him more than she cares about justice, so she conceals his murder of his first wife so that they can be together. 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 acts on whatever she feels in the present moment, whether that means spending all of her time with Maxim in Monte Carlo, having sex with him on the beach, marrying him on a whim, or even storming up the stairs to fire Mrs. Danvers after she learns about her lies to Maxim. She immediately changes her mind and feels sympathetic toward her, when she realizes the woman has nowhere to go, and then naively believes that she is being “helpful” when the woman is leading her into a trap intended to create conflict with Maxim. She rushes off to London to steal Rebecca’s medical file, faking her way into the flat and then rifling through her papers, never thinking that it might reflect poorly on her husband or make her an accomplice to murder. She also goes along with things and is sensory-active, going for walks, chasing the dog down to the beach, going riding with Jack, and wanting to participate in making the ball a success. She doesn’t read into Mrs. Danvers’ intentions until it’s too late, but still tries to save her because she knows it’s the right thing to do. She has flashes of insight here and there, as she peels back the layers of secrets around the house, and looks into the housekeeper’s intentions. She starts scheming in a forward manner about how to beat a potential murder investigation. But she also shows a lot more inferior Te than other versions of this character—she tells people off to their face, fires them for their bad behavior, and becomes more aggressive and blunt under stress.
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.