Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Philip organizes the outer world according to his personal feelings about things, regardless if society deems his actions “proper” or not – when his uncle marries and dies and his widow, Rachel, pays him a visit in the country, Philip intends to put her in the shabby “Blue Room” to show her how little he thinks of her, then makes a point to stay out all afternoon so that she must wait for her supper. He is taken aback when she refuses to eat supper out of disinterest, and is then kind to him. Against the advice of his solicitor, he first gives her a large allowance (doubles what the man proposes), then expands it when she over-spends herself, then decides to give her all of his inheritance, because his uncle, her husband, intended to do the same. Despite the advice of his banker, he gives Rachel his mother’s pearl necklace ahead of his inheritance, and then lavishes her with all the jewels when he comes into it. He goes off to college and then returns home complaining that he does not like “intellectuals” or to talk or think about things, he would much prefer to settle down in the house, take care of the grounds, ride his horse, visit his tenants, and do other sensory activities. Philip shows over the course of the novel/films how “impulsive” he can be—reacting and living purely in the moment, in how easily influenced he is as regards Rachel’s presence. He impulsively bestows gifts on her and becomes fond of her, climbs up her balcony in the middle of the night to give her a bag full of jewels, then sleeps with her that night, and announces to everyone the next evening that they are “engaged” (he meant marriage, she meant “reward for gift” through their night of passion). Suspicious of her behavior, and paranoid that she may be poisoning him “as she did Ambrose,” he urges her to take a ride along the cliff (in the book, a walk across the half-finished terrace) – leading to her demise. His downfall is in his negative suspicions about her, which have no actual proof behind them other than his own tert-Ni paranoia and sense of fatalism. He also fails to look beneath the surface of most things, or think about how the clause in his new will might make her disinclined to marry him (since if they marry, he gets it all back). He can be rather inconsiderate of his friend Louisa, who is in love with him—oblivious to her feelings and wrapped up in his own. He blurts out his intention to marry Rachel at a family gathering and is humiliated when she spurns his advance for propriety’s sake. He is consistently irrational in his actions, giving away his entire estate and leaving nothing for himself, having no provision for his future (or plans about how to earn a living, if his uncle has another heir, much to Louisa’s surprise), and reacting badly whenever he is disappointed in life.
Enneagram: 6w5 sx/sp
Philip is a waffling source of uncertainty, distrust, and ambivalence throughout the story. At first, he thinks Rachel is poisoning his uncle and that she killed him, then he is taken in by her and seduced into believing her innocent and above reproach. Then after she rejects his advances and he falls ill, he becomes distrustful against her again and thinks she is attempting to poison him with her tea, even though she would gain nothing by it. He never trusts her properly — either too much (giving her his entire inheritance and leaving nothing for himself) or not enough (causing her to go to her death due to his paranoid delusions). In the novel, you are constantly inside his paranoid fantasies, jealousy, suspicions, and certainty of conspiracies against him. Prior to her arrival, he lived thriftily and did not fix up the place or tend to the repairs — only through her influence does he start to find it within himself to spend money. He can become possessive and violent under stress, once his mental health starts to crumble.