And Then There Were None: General John MacArthur [ISFP 9w1]

Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Fe

General MacArthur is a pleasant man who is amiable, but also keeps a lot of his feelings to himself. Where the others theorize on what is going on and what might happen next, he simply goes out to the cliff to be alone and ponder what is happening. He then comes inside and gives them the facts of the matter—there is no way to the mainland, someone is on this island, hunting us, we won’t be leaving, and this is “the end.” In a flashback, we find out that in lighting a cigarette and searching for a lighter, he found a letter from his wife to one of his closest friends, talking about their affair. In a fit on temper, MacArthur promptly shot him, right there in the barracks on the eve of going to battle—quite an impulsive and reckless thing to do that could have cost him his esteemed reputation and his life. It was how he felt, so he acted on it. He mulls over this, in some internal anguish, and has come to accept his fate, seeing it as rightful punishment for his wicked behavior. He doesn’t wonder why this is happening to them, he simply accepts, fatalistically but also accurately, that there’s no way to delay the inevitable… and accepts that there’s nothing they can do to solve the problem. They even find his body out by the cliffs, where he was sitting in nature, enjoying it and awaiting his inevitable downfall.

Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp

MacArthur really hates it when anyone fights – he asks Armstrong and Tony to “shake hands and be gentlemen” rather than have a fight in the presence of the ladies (and disrupt his peace at the same time). He is a calm and quiet presence, often seeking to be alone, but also trying to be pleasant to everyone around him. Most of all, his passivity means that he considers their situation unavoidable and… so he may as well just give in to and accept it. He has come to terms with it long before the rest of his companions, and simply allows himself to be killed. In a way, it fulfills his 1 sense of guilt over his bad actions (the murder of his friend / his wife’s lover) and liberates his conscience; he says that he “should” have just let them run away together and “be happy.”