Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Unlike the book and in previous adaptations, this Emma focuses more on rational reasoning and less on emotional persuasion whenever she makes her matches in society. She does not match people up for their own good, but because it’s “diverting” to do so (it entertains herself). She wants Harriet to rise above her station and make a more financially secure match, so she urges her to be sensible and doesn’t directly tell her what to do except in hints, but also ignores all of her feelings. When Harriet asks Emma why she does not marry, Emma points out that she does not need to advance her fortune (she already has one), inferring that her attention lies in the realm of what is financially expedient rather than love. Emma seems to focus on collecting people who are useful to her and/or diverting to her, rather than being socially appropriate. She also focuses on people’s potential rather than seeing them for who they are, and remains determined to idealize situations, even when Mr. Knightley warns her of being unrealistic. And her views remain fixed until proven otherwise (in a typical Ni refusal to consider alternatives). When Knightley challenges her optimistic of Frank Churchill, she says “my love for his parents” makes me predisposed to approve of him, implying that her own feelings about Mrs. Weston (her former governess) and her husband make her want to see the best in Frank, even though he disappoints them at every turn. When Frank shows up at the party and asks her who she thinks Jane Fairfax might have gotten involved with, Emma assumes a married man fell for Jane, not realizing Frank is throwing her off the scent about who bought her an expensive piano. She hears of a girl dumped at a local school born out of wedlock and starts thinking about how she can make her into her pet, and groom her for higher society through a prudent marriage, so she sets her sights on Mr. Elton, the parish minister, and tries to scheme to bring them together, disregarding their feelings in the process. When this comes to naught (Emma misreads the situation and cannot realize the minister loves her instead), Emma leaps to the conclusion, based on Harriet’s romanticized comments, that Harriet has now fallen in love with Frank Churchill. Emma seems to have no interest in people in which she sees no abstract potential, such as Miss Bates. By the end of the story, she has reversed all the damage she has done, and admits that an alternative perspective is the better one (she goes to apologize to the farmer she caused Harriet to jilt). This Emma is also rather self-centered. While she remains secure and settled in society, aware of the social obligations she must fulfill as someone of importance through her rank, Emma is not polite to anyone she does not like (Mr. Knightley tells her that “your dislike for Jane Fairfax is obvious”) or to conceal her feelings. She simply walks away from and ignores people, belittles them, refuses to make conversation with Mrs. Elton, and insists that she is right. She assumes that her opinion outweighs everyone else’s and isn’t aware of her feelings for Mr. Knightley until poor Harriet says she’s fallen in love with him. Emma has a strong moral obligation to the few people she cares about most—she says she can never leave her father, and she takes it upon herself to apologize to the farmer hurt by her meddling. She does not want to hurt Harriet by marrying the man she loves, without having fixed the situation first. And having hurt Miss Bates (and refusing to apologize for it) reduces her to tears, in which she confesses to her father that she has been a selfish, wretched, mean creature.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Emma over-estimates her own abilities and enjoys being praised for them (such as her proud playing of the piano, followed by envy and resentment when Jane proves a better pianist). She plays a role, depending on whatever the situation demands—inviting Mrs. Elton over out of a sense of obligation but then not putting much effort into being friendly. She knows how things look to other people and cultivates her behavior accordingly, believing none of it. She’s also out of touch with her emotions. She conflicts with Mrs. Elton, because they are both so much alike (arrogant in how useful and appropriate they are). Mr. Knightley says he knows Emma to be vain, but that her vanity lies in “another direction” rather than in her appearance; Emma is proud of herself for being so useful to everyone. She caters to all of her father’s needs and whims and makes some of her decisions based on maintaining his happiness (she loves him so much, she cannot leave him all alone in an empty house), she prides herself on having matched up her governess and a local widower (and only realizes the morning of the wedding that it has made her unhappy), and inserts herself as a person of importance and value in Harriet’s life. After all, she needs someone to help her find a good match, not just any old farmer. She pridefully tries to arrange people’s lives for them and gets upset when it doesn’t go according to her plans. She also wavers between wanting to be the center of attention and praise (at the picnic, enjoying the attention while pretending not to) and feeling guilt when she does not do better.