Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
Elena is fully present in the moment and engaged in her environment; she is not afraid to confront people or to stand in their way (“Whatever it is you have stolen from my father, I want it back; give it to me”). She loves to ride and swordfight. She takes it upon herself to break Diego out of her father’s imprisonment, to confront a masked bandit alone in the stable, and to save the people trapped in the mine. She tends to take things at face value at first, and is not above putting herself in danger (challenging a stranger, blasting her way through locks, etc). Elena likes to shape and influence the world around her, even if it’s only through being assertive at the dinner table and challenging a guest. She eagerly dances passionately with him given the chance. Only when she knows the truth does she put the pieces together, but even before then Elena is drawn to her father and has a sense of having known him before. She fights her instincts about Alejandro, sensing more to him than meets the eye; a second personality that does not mesh with his foppish tendencies.
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
She has fierce opinions and no desire to repress them, although she sighs a little when she confesses that her mother was very “proper” and her father wishes she could be more like her. Elena challenges Aljeandro at the dinner table, taking offense to what he has to say about the masked bandit, and arguing that he shows courage, despite the opinions of everyone around her. She doesn’t want to accept a gift under false pretenses and tries to return it (presuming the woman has mistaken her for someone else). Elena performs a Spanish Flamenco dance, which is very sexually charged, in front of all her father’s guests, because she feels like doing it, without a thought for how it will be perceived by bystanders. She doesn’t want to choose between her two fathers and tries to convince both of them not to kill each other, by standing between them and danger each time. All things considering, Elena goes through major trauma in the course of this film – when she finds out her entire life has been a lie, that the man she loved as a father kidnapped her from her true family, that her mother did not die in childbirth, that Diego is her father, that Montero held a gun to her head… but she never once talks about what’s going on inside her emotions; she merely acts on them (choosing to side with and believe Diego). She acts on her feelings all the time – from going to confession and admitting her lust for the masked bandit, to breaking Diego out, to choosing to protect bother her “fathers” from one another, to stopping the masked bandit in the barn and challenging him to a fight, to dancing with him as an expression of their attraction.
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sx
Elena likes to push people’s boundaries and test and challenge them as part of how she gets to know them. She leads Alejandro into an argument at the dinner table to find out what he believes and then forcefully presses her opinion further until her father mocks her understanding of politics and changes the subject. She confronts Zorro in the stable and challenges him to a duel, demanding he return whatever he stole from her father, and not taking no for an answer. It’s a power play and a sexual display. She can be very aggressive in standing up for herself and other people, but also does not want her father to disapprove of her actions. Elena is easily influenced by those around her, accepting the “confessor” at his word that she need not confess the sin of lust, but should do what her heart feels is right. Though she can be assertive at times, Elena is also gentle and sweet, compassionate, and wants to see the good in everyone. She finds it difficult to believe that tender, kind Diego would threaten her father’s life, or that her father has lied to her about her mother’s death. She judges neither of them for their choices once she knows the truth, but tries to mediate between them—at least to keep them from murdering each other.