Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Eloise is the only member of society (other than the queen, and her reasons are less curiosity and more of a desire to “make her explain herself”) to care about figuring out the identity of Lady Whistledown, who writes the local scandal sheet. While her family focuses on what is in the column, she focuses on who it might be, carrying around a little notebook, and jumping on possible explanations as soon as either she thinks of them, or another person triggers an idea in her head. At first, she thinks it likely it could be a servant, because they go everywhere and hear everything, while their masters pay them no attention… but when her own housekeeper tells her that’s absurd, no one servant has the time to collect all that gossip and write about it, Eloise becomes convinced it is a “high society lady… a widow” with time to spare! She also suspects a dressmaker, since she has customers in and out of her shop all day long, and operates off that assumption until proven wrong. Eloise is eager to share her theories with the queen and honored to receive a commission to “find out this woman’s identity,” but never quite manages to unravel the case, even though she observes that “Lady Whistledown’s writing hasn’t been up to par of late” (since she is no longer “in” the society that gives her all her gossip). She has a running verbal commentary on the absurdities of society, and constantly questions everything everyone else takes for granted (why do we have to do this, and wear corsets, and toe the line, why cannot we just be free to be ourselves?). She is curious about everything and often has a biting sense of sarcasm in how she deals with other people. Compared to her ENFP brother Colin, she has fewer emotional reactions, and is more willing to tolerate merging into what society expects from her, up to a point. If it’s for the cause, she will lower her hemline and go to a dreaded ball, just to gather information! Eloise does not want to enter society, and feels quite sure her destiny is “bigger” than that, but also knows she has no real choice. Men get to do whatever they want, and society looks the other way, but as a woman, she must live a certain kind of life, and she resents it. She is, in that way, sensible of her limitations and aware that she has to fake things for inclusion. She would rather write novels, think deep thoughts, read her books, and be well-off, without having to get married or be in the society that bores her (she complains that no one ever says anything remotely interesting at parties, and happily leaves a musical concert before it has even started). Eloise thinks it would be wrong to stop Lady Whistledown, since “she can do as much good as she has done bad.” She wants to encourage her to write nice things about Penelope’s family, to recover their status, and make amends for scandalizing them in London. In this sense, she is an idealist in her naïve hope that everyone has the best of intentions and a potential to change and do good in the world.
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
Daphne is driven by fear; when she confesses to her sister that she does not want to get married or have children, she admits that nearly losing her mother in childbirth has made her afraid to do the same thing herself. She lacks her sister’s optimism about the future, and is far more withdrawn, but still submissive to her mother’s authority. She bounces her (wrong) theories about Lady Whistledown off Penelope and her siblings, and is eager to please the queen in trying to unmask her. She is an outspoken critic of society and its nonsensical behaviors…in her own home, among the people she trusts, without actively doing anything about it. Eloise becomes afraid it’s possible for one to “fall pregnant” without even knowing it, thus ruining one’s reputation, when a friend’s family member winds up in such a condition, without having a husband. She is apprehensive about entering society, appearing in public, attending balls, and leaving behind her childhood, so she refuses to lower her hemlines or put up her hair or leave the safety of what is familiar to her. She shows a lot of 5 wing reclusiveness in how she avoids public places, going to balls, or being the center of attention, and doubts she has the ability to cope with the demands being a debutante places upon her. She often escapes from people by hanging out just with Penelope or by hiding out in the library instead. Daphne doesn’t understand why Eloise is always buried in a book, and Eloise, who places a great deal of emphasis on being smart and well-informed, finds Daphne to be rather shallow by comparison. She wants to be known for her mind and her accomplishments, but has not bothered to develop those that are acceptable to society (she cannot play music well, and is socially awkward).