Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Dawsey is an extremely private person, but he also understands Juliet on an instinctive level – sensing both their shared love for literature and what she means when she writes things “between the lines” – he feels things on a soul level, and their bond is forged without any need for verbal admittances. His reason for raising a child not his own is both because it’s the right thing to do, and aligns with who he is as a person, and because the child needs love. He can love her. It’s as simple as that. Dawsey is more rationally objective than Elizabeth, in warning her what she’s doing is dangerous, and in staying away from the road when he hears gunshots, but he’s also so insistent that he never violate anyone’s boundaries that he does nothing to stop her.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Dawsey is opportunistic, but also content with the simple things in life; he enjoys life on the farm and working hard for a fair wage. He doesn’t mind risks, but also is cautious about them, and objective in assessing the truth of other people. He and Juliet are both able to sense deep things about one another, in their shared love of Ni abstractions, but for the most part, he’s simply a quiet soul. He does, however, know, simply from her letter, which makes no mention of it, that Juliet does not intend to marry Mark – and so he goes after her.
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Dawsey has a lot of inertia in his life, a lot of contentment in sameness, a sense of calm, unruffled peace that Juliet finds attractive. He does not ever show extreme emotions, handling everything with purpose and grace. But this same sort of sleepy apathy means allowing Juliet to leave the island without confessing his true feelings for her – passively allowing her to consider marrying Mark, and not stepping forward until he’s sure there will be no serious conflict or discord due to his true feelings – in a sense, it takes her letter to “wake him up.” Under stress, he becomes distrustful and cautious (moving to 6), but his 8 wing also helps him be self-motivated, and occasionally show his temper – such as when he beats up the man in the pub who makes a nasty remark about Elizabeth’s child. Being a 9 allows him to be more accepting of the “Nazi” she falls in love with, and non-judgmental in all his friends’ decisions.