Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Charlie feels things deeply, but does not often express what he is feeling. He has chosen to commit himself to the memory of his brother and in keeping the promise he made to him on the day he died, to play baseball with him every night at sunset in the woods, at the cost of “moving on” with his life. He gives up a full scholarship and all his previous ambitions to work in a “dead end” job at the local cemetery tending the graves, just so he can be at the right place each night to spend a little time with his brother. He does not much wonder at the reason for his existence, until someone else says that “God must have had a reason to bring you back.” Prior to the accident, Charlie was known for his ambitions and love of living life. He wanted to go out with his friends. He could be somewhat reckless when driving a car. Even as a caretaker, he comes up with creative ways to try and scare off the geese whose poop is ruining the headstones. (Chasing them, scaring them off before they land with a mini airplane, banging trash can lids together at them.) Charlie rips the handle off a trash can lid and uses it as a “mud slider” in a storm. He easily falls into being romantic with a girl and they sleep together on their first date. He used to love to sail. When someone insults him for being a poor driver for killing his brother, Charlie punches him in the face. He impulsively leaps into the ocean and swims through a capsized boat to find someone, when his friend tells him to “wait for the coastguard.” He then warms up her body by holding her close until rescue arrives. Charlie doesn’t ponder the reason for his survival until he discovers the girl he saw was a “ghost.” He somehow knows, though, that she isn’t dead—she was “getting cold.” This convinces him that she is still alive, and he follows his hunch on where they might find her. He’s right, even though the rest of them have already called off the search in the assumption of her death. Charlie forces himself to keep to a schedule and be responsible at work, though he often wishes he could throw it all aside and go out into the real world more often. Out of a desire to help a friend, he steals a boat and insists they search where he thinks she has disappeared.
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Charlie frames his entire existence around another person, his brother, and fulfilling his need to ‘exist’ for an hour each night. He sacrifices his own ambitions and moving on for his brother’s ghost, out of a sense of duty and responsibility for the promise he made him. When someone else he has bonded to needs his help, though, Charlie is forced to choose between the living and the dead, saving her life or being there for his brother; it causes him great emotional turmoil (“I’m sorry, Sam,” he says, in tears on the deck of the boat). He puts himself in the line of danger to try to find and save someone, and is eager to quickly connect to, fall in love with, and sleep with her, also to rebuild their connection (“It wasn’t a dream… those are memories,” he tells her) and sail with her around the world.