Enchanted April: Lotty [ENFJ 9w1]

Function Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti

Lotty is a highly emotional woman, who does not merely want to find pleasure in a month’s holiday for herself, but needs and wants to take other people along with it. She includes others in her decisions, immediately seeing an advertisement, approaching a stranger (who lives in her community), and proposing they take up the offer together, then objecting to the idea of “references” from another woman, because it casts a pale shadow over the casual nature of their intentions. Once she decides that she needs to invite her husband to Italy and reconcile with him, she thinks her friend Rose should do the same and nudges her in that direction, urging her to do it. Lotty often speaks before she thinks, and can sometimes dig herself into holes trying to make up for something inconsiderate she just said, such as when she accidentally asks Mrs. Fisher if she knew a poet that has been dead for hundreds of years. She is sweet and accommodating, encouraging to everyone, hands out free hugs and kisses easily, and… admittedly, is a bit strange in the eyes of her companions. She says she can “see into people,” she has very firm opinions about how their lives will unfold (she knows her husband will come and change, and he does; and she knows that Rose’s husband will come and it will fix their marriage; that Mrs. Fisher will become less selfish; and she knows that Caroline is lying about her headache, because she just wants to be alone, and when asked how, she says, “I saw into her!”). Caroline often becomes convinced of things easily because “I see him/her/them here.” She uses a lot of metaphors to reference what she sees and feels, including being a “mean dog,” the villa being a “tub of love,” and calling her friends and their lovers by her friends’ first names (“The Roses are in love in the garden”). When she sees the advertisement, she wastes no time in jumping on it. She wants to do it immediately, and begs Rose to go along with it, because just thinking about it isn’t good enough; she needs to do it. Once she arrives in Italy, she is quite comfortable with and delighted by nature, and can be impulsive in her decision (after a week there, she invites her husband, when she wanted to get away from him in the first place). Lotty doesn’t think through all of her chatter as much as she wants to act on it.

Enneagram: 9w1 sp/so

Lotty is afraid to voice her opinions around her husband and it takes an immense amount of courage for her to plan a vacation without him and to go in spite of him (she has the excuse that it has all been arranged, but does not tell him she must pay for her part in it). She swiftly starts to feel guilt for doing something only for herself, and changes her mind about inviting him to the castle. She is meek and demure and submissive, but also sweet, good-tempered, positive, and generous with her attentions without expecting anything in return. Though she confesses that before she came to Italy, she used to measure and pinch at her love, weighing it out and expecting her husband to love her back, only to face disappointment. She believes the house will teach her to love unconditionally and she accepts the others for who they are. She is quite disappointed to find Caroline has come already and picked out the best room for herself, because she did not get to pick flowers and put them in there for her arrival. Lotty wants to do the right thing, be a good wife and friend, and serve without complaint, but also feels guilty about allowing herself a vacation and not having thought about her husband’s needs also, which prompts her to invite him.

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