Black Narcissus: Mr. Dean [ISTP 9w8]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Mr. Dean is quite rational and detached, but also aware of the local customs and willing to abide by them. He warns the sisters not to help anyone or offer them medicine, because if it “goes wrong” and the person dies, the locals will blame them and come for them. Even if they feel sorry for someone, he stresses, do not do it. He says he has no problem with religion, except those that claim to know everything and want to invade other people’s territories and cause “wars.” Dean has little respect for precedent, and asks Sister Clodagh for her true name. He tries to persuade her to stay on the mountain with him and forsake her vows, in a last ditch attempt as she leaves. When a local girl is given three strokes for being with a man above her caste, he says as unpleasant as it was, “it had to be done.” The chapel he designs for them is open to the elements; he says it should protect them from the wind but let in the wind and the rain, the animals (because they can and should worship too), and be a place for the locals to rest their feet on their way up the mountain. He has a casual sexual relationship with a local woman, but it’s unclear whether it happens once in awhile or frequently. Deans is a competent man at fixing things; he seems to just know how to make them work, much to the nuns’ relief. He bluntly warns them about the possible future fallout of their actions and will sit up all night, guarding the path to their home, to prevent the natives from causing them trouble. He is fairly good at soothing the locals and reassuring them, but doesn’t go out of his way to comfort people. He handles a woman’s attempts to get him to sleep with her politely but firmly.

Enneagram: 9w8 sp/so

Dean has an affable nature that doesn’t want to cause much trouble and doesn’t like to quarrel. More than that, he has a sleepiness of spirit that is apathetic about his life and everyone else’s. He says if the nuns really want to be useful, they ought to teach people to be content in their poverty since that’s all they can ever expect from their lives. He is quick to forgive and accept apologies but also malleable to what other people want from him… up to a point. Then he becomes stubborn and refuses to participate. He can be aggressive and doesn’t apologize for who he is (“you can come in, if you will take me as you find me”).