Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Jane wants to live out her ideal Austen experience, so she blows her life savings on a week in Austenland. Though she tries to be appropriate in a Regency way, her true self shines through in how easily she abandons the group to spend time alone, seeks out the stable boy to hang around with because the others bore her (and he seems to share her taste in music and dislike for fakery), her decision to sing and play the only tune on the piano that she knows (it happens to be inappropriate for the Regency drawing room), and how she finally decides to take matters into her own hands and give herself the experience she deserves for her money. Jane has the typical Fi trait of not understanding how she is going to feel until something happens to her—she thought a pretend proposal would be fine until she got into the middle of one and didn’t like the feelings it arose in her. Jane has spent her entire life living in a fantasy world—rejecting real men and romantic experiences in favor of re-watching Pride & Prejudice a hundred times, decorating her entire apartment in Regency style, and clinging to her childhood longer than she ought (her bedroom looks like that of a teenager, complete with Darcy memorabilia over the bed). She admits she cannot tell “what is real and what is pretend” in Austenland, because the emotions all feel so real. She leaps to conclusions about everyone and everything, often in the wrong direction—she assumes Henry’s emotions are just as fake as those of her ‘paired lover,’ since she cannot judge them to be real or tell the difference between make-believe and reality. Henry has to point out to her that they are both terrible actors in order for her to accept that he is not just feeding her a line, because then she knows he’s right, and being sincere in what he has to say. It’s a story about a girl choosing to stop living in Ne imaginings, break away from what feels safe and familiar, and actually start doing things. At first, Jane is rather nonsensical—she does spend a ton of money on a mediocre package, then resents some of the differences between her limited experience and that of the richer girls (such as the gowns). Once she has been crossed, however, she hauls out her inferior Te to threaten the house with a lawsuit, because her hostess’ husband tried to assault her. She doesn’t intend to do it, but it gives her a way to leave having the upper hand. She also tells off two men in the airport, grabs a man’s suitcase, climbs up on it, and informs London, loudly, that she is “over it.”
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
Jane has become quite comfortable in her life and sees no reason to move forward in it. She has clung to the things of her childhood and even kept her dollhouse. Jane is somewhat over-adapted, in how easily she makes things “fine” that aren’t. After a man tries to force himself on her, she does “ninja” him to the ground, but then says everything is fine and reassures everyone there’s no harm done, and doesn’t intend to say anything about it until the man’s wife makes her angry. Even though she’s upset to learn she has paid for the cheapest package, so the woman has stuck her in the servant’s quarters and denied her pretty clothes while fawning over her other guests, Jane says nothing about it. She rides on the back of the coach in the dust, holding her own trunk. She’s willing to accept being thrown out for keeping her cell phone without a fuss. It’s only when she realizes how much she has wasted her money that she decides to become defiant—she becomes more sociable, outgoing, steals dresses from the other girls, and decides not to take any crap. And when she gets home, she decides to take charge of her own life, move forward, and get rid of her memorabilia, which opens her up to a romantic relationship with Henry.