MBTI Type: ESFJ
St Clair is all about managing the emotional environment, and insisting that everyone be on the same emotional page when it comes to maintaining his wife’s happiness. He goes out of his way to make sure people understand their sense of duty to maintain the illusion of her being a great vocal artist, but he has set himself up for a challenge, because she’s horrible. He knows it, their friends know it, everyone knows it, but he still wants to appeal to her ego, pamper her, and pretend otherwise, rather than telling her the truth. So instead, St Clair tries to control who gets to hear her. He picks a pianist who can learn to smile and not flinch at the high notes, a musical teacher who endlessly affirms her “improvement,” he hires her a private venue with a select list of invited friends he knows are too polite to laugh at her, and then doesn’t want anyone outside her small circle to hear her sing… and then it gets all out of control, she assumes she is good at this, and wants to sing at the royal opera hall. So she does. And he cannot control the crowd reaction, or the fact that she gave away a thousand tickets, or the reviews that shred her to pieces—though he tries his best to keep those away from her by buying up newspapers and throwing them in the trash and only showing her the “kind” reviews. He attends to her every whim and need, taking care of her prudently and on a daily basis, entertaining her, loving her, bringing her breakfast in bed, looking after her meds, and never once imagining that this could get out of hand. Nor does St Clair question whether it’s good to delude her to such an extent that she becomes a public humiliation. It’s just all about giving her what she wants right now, not seeing where this might go in the future. In that way, he shows a lack of ability to be detached or rational in his decisions, which are all based on people-pleasing.
Enneagram: 2w3 sp/so
St Clair married her to provide for her and be what she needed—a life partner rather than a lover, because she is dying of the infection her first husband gave her. So he caters to all her needs, takes care of her wigs, her appointments, hires people for her, etc., but then goes home to his mistress (whom she doesn’t know about). St Clair assumes that when she dies, of course he will receive something for his time and efforts. He is here to serve, after all. Because he’s an emotional man, and so kind, he finds it hard to be honest with her, cultivating her affections for him (and others) without being truthful about the limits of her vocal talents. His 3 wing is self-promoting and ambitious, he often loves to be the center of attention and likes to brag about his theater accomplishments (humble though they may be in truth).