MBTI Type: INFP
Randolph is a tender, emotional poet known in the literary world for his moral purity and absolute devotion to his wife — or so they think. He filled reams of poetry with romantic overtures to a woman who turns out to be someone other than his bride. When attempting to coax Christobel into his arms to fulfill their love, he reasons that their affair shall hurt no one, since he lives in a sexless marriage with his wife – but he’s wrong; it does hurt her, deeply, which means he thought only of his own needs and desires rather than being in tune with her emotional state (instead of being in tune with her, he engaged in emotional guesswork). Randolph does not speak easily of his feelings; instead, he becomes emotional and withdrawn, and indecisive as he questions whether his actions are right or wrong, or ‘worth the pain.’ He is, however, quite adept at making arrangements to get what he wants, and can be terse and confrontational under stress. He accuses Christobel in front of a group of murdering their child (asking what she did with it)! He comes alive when he meets Christobel, someone able to speak in abstractions, who wants to discuss the higher things of life (in his mind, art, literature, music). He quickly theorizes and puts together sometimes wrong / sometimes right conclusions about her motives (he assumes given the words at the séance she has harmed their child) while having only minor respect for the traditions of the time period. He prefers to put his poetry into understandable verse, which re-imagines places he has been and emotions he has experienced; but he shows little focus for the long term or interest in the details, rather preferring impulse – it is he who pushes Christobel for further meetings and to consummate their love.
Enneagram: 2w1 sx/sp
Randalph craves an intense emotional and physical connection, and he has not received that from his wife since their marriage remains unconsummated. He sees Christobel, knows that he wants her, and pursues her out of a desire to convince her to be with him — his own emotions and passion for her drive him to repeated attempts to bring her into his arms, his mind, his poetry. He is romantic-minded, but also wants to do the right thing — he does not feel tormented at the idea of cheating on his wife, since it is not a real marriage, but put on a presentation of enduring love for her in public. A false face that has lasted for a hundred years.