Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Lady Danbury does not suffer fools easily. She is frank in her opinions and does not care who takes them amiss, as she maneuvers her way through society with direct goals in mind. She convinces Daphne’s mother that Simon and Daphne might make a fine couple, and “solve” a problem both women are having (and she is right). Lady Danbury is a woman of decisive action, who compels others to act according to the potential she sees in them, whether that is to urge Simon to pursue Daphne as a love interest and settle down after so many years of worthless pursuits, or by intuiting that the person blocking their abrupt marriage license is “not the archbishop… it is the queen!” She deftly handles politics by giving others solid advice in how to approach people (do not bow and scrape to the queen, but do not seem defiant, either). When Simon is quite young, Lady Danbury also assesses his speech impediment, determines that he is not “stupid,” as his father fears, and then sets him on a course to improve himself. She believes in him, and watches him become a “self-made man.” She says, with pride, that he worked hard and succeeded on his own merits, and she had little to do with it. She and Simon often ‘cross pistols’ in the sense that she wants him to start behaving as an adult, taking on mature responsibilities, and not running away from his situation. She does not want the scars of his father’s neglect to prevent him from reaching his full potential, which she knows will blossom with Daphne as his wife. A woman of particular taste, she is also given to extravagance behind closed doors, in her loud, boisterous gambling parties, to which only “married women” are invited.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
She is ambitious and skilled in diplomacy, often able to smooth over a misunderstanding or give a good piece of advice. Lady Danbury dresses well, expects Simon to show up on time for appearances’ sake, and does not let petty emotions get in the way of progress. She is brutal in her assessment of Simon’s speech impediment and tells him that it will be hard, but she believes he can do it. Though his father doubts him and thinks him a fool, Lady Danbury invests in him, in the belief that he can achieve far more than his father surmises. She tells Simon that they must always be aware of their position in society, and fight for it, that he has a duty to carry on the family line, because they had to work so hard to reach the upper levels of London society. The queen, she says, paved the way and did a great deal for “our kind,” but he can never take it for granted, since there will always be someone who wants to take it away from them. She comes out looking flawless in even bad situations, and the scandal sheet never has anything bad to say about her. Lady Danbury is also helpful in how she takes Simon under her wing, how she emotionally supports him, how she is willing and able to give Daphne helpful advice, and on her constant attempts to bring people together in society.