Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

“He’s not dead. I would know it if he were dead. He can’t be dead. I don’t allow him to be dead. I dreamed this would happen and I didn’t stop it.”


INFJs trust their insights and intuition above all else, as the guiding force in their life. Ellen has done that, in her incredibly specific ‘sense’ of the future. When a panel of three individuals burns the man she loves at the stake on false pretenses, she curses each of them, either with what she wants to see happen or what she has ‘foreseen’ – she predicts that one man’s child will die upon the gallows, and that another will ‘rise to a great height and then fall. She meets Tom Builder and his wife, and after they hasten away into the snow and cold after assuming her to be a witch, a little while later, Ellen sends her son after them because ‘Something is wrong’ (she can just feel it). She refuses to believe Jack is dead, even after they have thrown him into a burial ditch, because she would ‘know it’ if he had died. Sure enough, he returns a few days later, having survived. She has an instinctual sense that Jack will do well with Tom, and so asks the builder to take him on. She also has no desire to conform to traditional behaviors, beliefs, or morals, as shown in her defiant resistance toward the Church that spurned her forever, after she bore an illegitimate child—but Ellen will also stop and help anyone along the road who needs it. She is a warm pair of arms for Tom to turn to in his grief, and a surrogate mother to his devastated daughter.

Enneagram: 2w1 sp/so

Ellen is looking for ways to help, and even says as much, including to a priest that her only rule is “love.” She has found it is better than a cold religion, so she helps others where she can. “Put me to work,” she says when she turns up at the Cathedral. She lifts rocks. Digs ditches. Plasters mortar on where it needs it. Anything to be useful. She offers to go along with Tom and help him wherever she can, hoping that he will allow her son to become his apprentice in the process. Ellen has firm views of what is right and wrong, things she has decided for herself, and she does not compromise on them. She especially wants the bishop to pay for what he did to her, to her son, and to her lover.