Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi
Emily is straightforward and decisive, but also can be abrasive in her blunt way of asserting things. She theorizes that Vera must work at a substandard children’s school, because she cannot afford to take the summer away from work (if the school paid her more, she would be better kept and not need a secretarial job for a few weeks; and since the school cannot afford to pay her well, it must be substandard). She says convention is what keeps them together in the face of “impending chaos,” and believes in organization and straightforward communication. Emily says that now knowing about the scandal around Vera, it’s not surprising why she wound up needing extra work, since only a school that couldn’t afford to be picky would accept a teacher who had testified in an inquest. She is quite traditional in her thinking, believing in gender roles (women should be the gentler sex, but also more modest, virtuous, etc) and assuming that Vera should act like a servant, because she is one rather than a guest (asking her to get tea, etc). Emily doesn’t want to believe they are in danger or that one of them was murdered right away, until circumstantial evidence proves her wrong, and then she isn’t sure who is behind it. She shows inferior Fi in her general unkindness to others—she can be thoughtless in how she expresses her feelings and thoughts, offensive in telling Mrs. Rodgers that she stinks (she should wear cologne; “I realize it’s hot work in the kitchen, but there’s no need to announce it quite so loudly”), and she cast a girl out of the house for getting pregnant without a thought for her welfare.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Emily makes sure that everyone knows what a modest, virtuous person she is; she complains at dinner that she hopes the food is not too rich, since “I eat very modestly at home.” She believes “poetry should be uplifting” rather than depressing. She talks about how she took an unwanted illegitimate girl under her wing, and was proud of her for being so “modest, clean and decent” (but then denies kicking her out of the house, or her culpability in the girl’s death, because that would diminish her “goodness”). She talks about modern society becoming a godless abyss of vice. Her 2 wing thinks it is being helpful, but it is really just proud, critical, and invasive in her “suggestions” (she hands out advice easily, sometimes being rude in the process).