MBTI Type: ISFJ
Lorna’s subjective experiences with the people around her have given her a framework for how she treats people and how much she trusts them—even though her grandfather is a dangerous and violent man, Lorna’s experiences with him have all been positive, so she trusts him to truly consider her desire to marry John Ridd and allow her to follow her heart’s desires. By that same token, she knows Counselor Doone is lying when he informs her and John that their fathers killed each other (“You don’t know him like I do!”). Her experiences with Carver remain neutral until after he threatens her with violence, then she forcefully tells him “I do not love you… and I never could,” because he has broken her trust. (At first, she doesn’t know how she feels about him, showing a lower Ne openness, but then she falls for John and that cements her negative opinion of Carver.) When she learns the truth of her parentage, Lorna naively assumes it will change nothing, that she can pretend it never happened, and choose the person she wants to marry—because she has no experience with higher politics or how the royal court works. She often puts aside her own needs and wants for what others need and want from her, such as refusing to sneak away with John when it’s advantageous because her dying grandfather needs her. She forcefully asserts her opinions and angrily confronts John about him never responding to her letters, after he treats her coldly upon their reunion. Lorna respects Lizzie’s hatred of her and her family, but also gleefully pronounces “now you can love me as a sister, can’t you?” when she discovers she is not a Doone. She judges them according to external moral standards, based on their behavior, but also refuses to let John kill Carver when he assaults the farm to recover her. She doesn’t want the man she loves to become a murderer, like the Doones.
Enneagram: 2w1 sp/so
Lorna seeks love in everything that she does; she allows her emotions to make her decisions for her, continuing to see John and fall in love with him even though it’s dangerous and goes against her grandfather’s desire for her to marry her cousin, Carver. Lorna insists on staying and nursing him when he lies on his deathbed. Once at the Ridd farm, she does whatever she can to help the family, from working in the garden to serving John at the table (while looking on him in adoration). She tries to be polite, but can also bluntly tell people off when she gets angry (informing Carver that she could never love him, and then apologizing if she has offended him), accusing John of ignoring her letters and not being faithful to their pact, and angrily sending her servant upstairs once she learns she has kept their letters from each other. Lorna also has a need to be moral and good. She tells her grandfather the truth in the hope of receiving his blessing, but also tells him she does not need it to be happy. She argues against John killing Carver, because it’s the wrong thing for him to do, even though Carver has threatened her life and would have married her against her will.