MBTI Type: ENFP
Emma does not see the world as it is, but as she prefers it to be; she has a natural knack for building relationships between people… or so she thinks. After one successful pairing of her governess and Mr. Weston, Emma leaps to the conclusion that she can improve the life of Harriet Smith. She insists that Harriet is a gentleman’s daughter, despite a total lack of evidence, and tries to marry her off to the local cleric, Mr. Elton, despite rather foolishly not having a clue about his social-climbing personality (she prefers to think of him as a suitable candidate, rather than seeing him for who he is, a man who will marry above his station and would never marry down, to an illegitimate nobody). She leaps to conclusions all the time, most of the time, choosing the option that isn’t quite correct – she never assumes Frank has any feelings for Jane until she learns more information about him, having spent time with Jane around the same week he was mysteriously absent from his father’s wedding. When Harriet tells her that she has fallen in love again, Emma assumes it is to her rescuer from the gypsies, Frank, rather than Mr. Knightley, who a few hours earlier “saved” her at the ball. She repeatedly pushes away from reality, insisting social barriers don’t exist (while being a hypocrite, and using them herself – she could “never associate with a mere farmer,” and would never dream of marrying beneath her station to Mr. Elton, but expects him to marry beneath his!). Emma in this version is way more obvious with her feelings and unable to disguise them, even for the purpose of social interaction, and far less inclined to be persuasive, rather than using bluntness to get her point across. She hates Mrs. Elton and Jane, and makes no effort to pretend otherwise; she rolls her eyes, sighs, and tries to get Miss Bates to be quiet about topics she does not want to hear about, rather than pretending to be interested. She finds it hard to apologize, and uses gifts instead – until she realizes that she has no choice but to undo the mess she has made by interfering with everyone, out of a desire to see them change to suit her ideals. After Mr. Knightley has told her off for insulting Miss Bates at the picnic, Emma hides away to cry by herself, and then tells her father that she has been selfish, rude, and impolite. She rarely talks about her own true feelings, other than to bring the future Mrs. Weston a nice bouquet of flowers and to admit that she doesn’t know how she will get on without her, once she has moved away. When Mr. Knightley is pouring out his heart to her, Emma is only listening—she loves him, but cannot tell him so, and then rather than consoling him, bursts out with “I cannot, because Harriet loves you!” After months of trying to force Harriet to adjust to her mold, she has finally learned how deeply she actually cares about Harriet, enough to want to do what is best for her first. This has come after she has decided she must be a better person. Much to her annoyance, they continue to talk about it. Emma is somewhat attached to her father, and to her home; she would never dream of leaving him alone, because she loves him too much. Emma is prone to being quite blunt, abrupt, and rude; one example being that when her family is happily reminiscing about going to the sea shore and bathing, Emma tersely asks them to stop, because “I have never seen the sea,” and it makes her jealous. Emma shows a desire to wander and see the world, but has never left home, in part because she feels obligated to keep her father happy. She is also terribly neglectful of the details; when Harriet whispers to her that she has fallen in love again, rather than ask her to whom, Emma assumes it’s Frank Churchill. Mr. Knightley also says that she has never been able to dedicate herself to anything that required “patience” in her life, implying that she has a short attention span and very little capacity to focus for very long. She also routinely rejects reality in favor of her preferred version of it.
Enneagram: 2w3 so/sp
Emma assumes herself a better judge of character, a better matchmaker, and a better person than she is. She is vain and proud of her abilities, but also interfering – she assumes she knows what is right for everyone else and sets out to convince, coerce, and push them into the path she sees for them. It’s almost impossible for her to admit when she has been wrong or made a mistake; she will argue and reframe it in a more positive light, before she will break down and accept that she is not the most wonderful person in the world. Mr. Knightley says that despite being a very attractive girl, her “vanity” lies in “another direction,” implying that her pride centers around how useful she is and how helpful she is, and how other people need her to guide them. She even feels she might need to reject Knightley’s proposal, because she could never leave her father alone in the house; it would distress him too much; he needs her to stabilize him. Emma is also competitive, and doesn’t like Jane because whenever she’s present, or being discussed, Emma is no longer the center of attention. She often does things for people that she doesn’t want to do, because it “looks” good (such as inviting the Eltons to dinner, and having Jane and the Bates over as well). And she’s quite offended when people don’t respect her position, give her what’s due to her, or take her family pew in church.