MBTI Type: ISFJ
Guinevere says early on that she is the ‘daughter of a cleric,’ which carries with it an implicit set of expectations for her own behavior and upbringing; she tries to live by these values in her dealings with her new employer, even though she is shocked and somewhat disapproving of her cavalier, careless, and immoral lifestyle. She references back to her own experiences semi-frequently, pointing out to Joe that the young people being so excited about war planes flying over is because “they don’t remember the last one,” which caused her to lose her fiancé. She regrets not living in the moment and going for love when it was offered, so she advises Delysia to accept the man who loves her, and “seize the moment.” She admits that her upbringing might have been “too sheltered,” since she assumes Delysia wants her to get a child out of bed, only to find a naked man in the bedroom. She has worked as a governess for so long, she assumes that’s what Delysia needs her for, but she is also quite resourceful in helping Delysia out of fixes—whether that includes using an umbrella to pull a bra out of a chandelier or hiding a silk robe under a shag carpet and stamping it down to hide the bump. She is far more organized and sensible than her employer, and finds her life chaotic… and she goes back to her previous life when she assumes she is no longer wanted (happily, she doesn’t stay long unemployed or hungry). Guinevere often recites popular sayings to illustrate (a woman scorned…) and disapproves of how her employer is living her life—flitting between things and never landing long enough to make a difference or enjoy something. She makes value judgments about people based on their behavior, but still puts aside her scruples and helps them out of their fixes. She is straightforward in sharing her feelings, remarking on what a wonderful man Michael is and saying that Delysia should not let him escape. She disapproves of a woman two-timing a man and refuses to help her deceive him back into a relationship, but reluctantly does so to avoid being turned in (and later, threatens the woman by inferring she will expose the truth about her, also). Guinevere takes love seriously and tells Delysia not to treat it like a game. She opens up to Joe and admits that she isn’t sure she can “stand” another war. She eagerly tells him that she loves the scarf she is wearing, and it’s the most beautiful thing she has ever seen, not realizing he designed it. And she immediately expresses positive feelings toward Michael, seeing him as a “fine” man. She uses Ti deftly to solve problems and even leverage the situation to her advantage, often choosing to violate her feelings on certain things in favor of obtaining and keeping a job that will allow her to eat. She shows almost no Ne, except in her assertion to the woman at the beginning that “people CAN change,” a flit of idealism.
Enneagram: 2w1 sp/so
Guinevere is very helpful—she goes out of her way to be useful to Delysia, hiding her wrongdoing and getting her out of messes, and lending a physical hand to take care of her. She decides to stay since Delysia so obviously needs intervention and someone to look after her. She is rather self-effacing and emotional, but also tries not to be inappropriate and make demands on anyone, concealing the fact that she hasn’t eaten in days. Though it’s not exactly moral, Guinevere isn’t above blackmailing someone to keep her own secrets intact, even if she does it in a pleasant way. She is eager to serve and wants to be wanted, feels out of place and dejected when forced into the street, and is useful in how she urges Delysia to “follow her heart,” and even Michael in “punching that bloke!” She compromises her harsh initial assessment of Delysia as an amoral woman to “set her straight,” and help her make less of a mess of her life. She wants her to become a better person and does her utmost to make it happen. She has immediate moral objections to almost everything—she considers leaving Delysia’s service when she finds a naked man in her bed and hears about two more being strung along. She disapproves of a woman cheating on her fiancé and wanting to cover it up and lie to him, and finds it hard not to be honest about it. When she swears and smokes a cigar to cover up Delysia’s indiscretions, she feels bad and questions herself for having done something she personally disapproves of. She likes it that Michael is assertive and demands Delysia treat him with respect. She initially does not want to drink and refuses to do so, but also compromises her personal sense of morals many times, both out of a desire to be useful and to make others approve of her. Guinevere tells repeated lies to get a job out of desperation, but feels bad about it and comes clean at the end, expecting them to turn her out.