Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Elisa feels an inexplicable pull toward the amphibian man, even though he has given her every indication of being violent toward people—even going so far as to bite off a man’s fingers on one of the first times she sees him. She somehow knows how to connect to him, by feeding him eggs, and to trust him, by devaluing how he treats others (and going off only her own insight into his nature). She decides fairly early on that he is worthy of person-hood and should be protected and saved, that he is as human as she is, and never wavers from this conclusion, even after he eats her neighbor’s cat. She likes to try on different ideas, often using her imagination to create scenarios in which she and he can live together happily—even fantasizing about dancing with him, in the style of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, over the dinner table. Elsa’s argument against his survival to her friend Giles is fundamentally self-referencing—she sees him as an extension of herself, a mirror image; if they call him a ‘thing’ because he cannot talk, and she cannot talk, what does that make her? And she believes if they do not save him, they are little better than the ‘monsters’ who captured him in the first place. She’s able to fall in love without words with a creature that can only communicate through sign language. When she finds out he’s going to be killed, Elisa decides immediately to get him out of the facility—and organizes her friends to help her. She uses what she has learned (about how to tilt up the cameras, and that there is a corridor she can use to get to the loading docks) to get him out quickly and efficiently. She can be quite forceful when she wants to be, and somewhat recklessly sign-language insults the man interrogating her out of contempt. Though she maintains a routine each day, and shows a particular fondness for old movies (something she shares with Giles), Elisa is somewhat forgetful of the details in the moment, such as when she forgets to click out her card after work on the day she intends to steal the amphibian man—one minor detail that could have revealed her as the ‘kidnapper’ (fortunately, her best friend takes care of it for her). She also somewhat foolishly fills the entire bathroom with water so they can swim and make love together, not realizing or thinking about where all that water will go – right down into the theater beneath their feet!
Enneagram: 4w5 sx/sp
Elise was born different. She cannot speak, and she has scars on her neck. These things alienate her from other people as she quietly goes about her business. It’s her shared sense of pain that draws her to the amphibian man at first, because he too is “broken.” He’s a freak of nature. He doesn’t look human, yet he has a soul. She identifies with his brokenness and wants to save him, because it joins them together. It bonds them in being too different to really fit into society. In its own way, they are beautiful in how different they are—from the world, from “normal” humans, and from people. She’s even deeply insulted when her friend doesn’t want to save him, since she assumes that’s a judgment call about her own sense of being human. I cannot speak, either… does that mean I am not human? Not worth saving? She makes these decisions from her heart, and is willing to face the potentially tragic consequences—to love and “lose” him when she has to set him free. She’s quiet (does not sign to people that much), withdrawn, and has very few friends. Often, she just observes rather than participates—until the creature she cares about is in danger, and then she springs into action.