MBTI Type: INFP
Colin is an emotional little tyrant—angry, demanding, self-centered, easily-insulted, and highly reactive to any perceived slight or insinuation that he does not like. He has learned screaming and crying gets him what he wants from the staff, so he uses that to get people to do his bidding. He refuses to do anything he doesn’t want to do, including enter his mother’s wardrobe and see her garments, visit the place where she died and find the beauty in it, or hush up if he wants to scream. He easily becomes jealous of Mary’s friendship with Dickon and assumes he can order her to stay away from him, but then finds that he likes her friend and is interested in hearing more about the garden. At first, he is largely inert and unwilling to do anything for himself or leave his room. He would rather stay there among his books and listen to Mary tell him stories, but gradually, she convinces him to leave his room and explore, to touch the garden, to pull weeds, and to actually do things. He issues orders and expects people to follow them, and has an inflated sense of his own tragic self-importance. He is highly curious and loves to read and learn things, and references it when he talks with Mary about her dog (“I have a book about training dogs… fetch it for me!”). Reading his mother’s letters allows him to piece things together and see things in a new light. But for a great deal of the story, Colin is in a Fi/Si loop. When Mary offers to tell him a new story she has made up rather than read him one out of one of his books, Colin makes a face and denies her request. He tells Mary that her perception of her mother not loving her was wrong, because the letters they found “say otherwise.” Many of his fears and apprehensions stem from past-precedent; his father has a hump, so he will have one too; his mother died young, so he will too. Colin also shows inferior Te from time to time. He is blunt and expects others to cater to his temper tantrums and every whim without really knowing how “give and take” works. Colin often states the facts of whatever is happening (“The dog… now he’s licking my hand!”). He trusts the facts in his books and often references them when discussing things (his knowledge of trees and plants and dogs; his desire to hear the names of the different varieties of flowers in the garden).
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
Colin is a hysteric who only thinks about his fears and weaknesses, who assumes the worst about his fate, that he’s going to turn into a hunchback like his father and die! He allows hi fear to dominate him and convince him there is no use in living, or in going outside (a terrifying place), until Mary turns up, tells him off, and her straight-forward, unapologetic manner brings him into instant submission. He has gotten used to cowering servants who cater to his every whim until she comes along and tells him off for being intolerable. Then, he starts to change, becoming more confident, more curious about the outside world, more eager to explore “my garden!” Influenced by her and Dickon, he becomes adventurous and positive, and stops allowing his melodramatic reactions to make him unbearable. His 5 wing fears the outside world and everything in it, until they show him through the garden that there is reason for hope and joy in his life.