Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Linda is rather a shallow creature, by her own admission, who wishes she were more “intellectual” but does nothing about it; instead, she focuses on party frocks, in traveling around, in falling in and out of love, in becoming a wealthy man’s mistress, and in taking chances on life and love. She impulsively starts seeing a “Hun” and marries him, against her family’s wishes, admitting that part of the appeal was that her boorish father didn’t like him, and told her all Europe is rubbish (only to find out it’s lovely). When that marriage and its stuffiness bores her (she was rather upset to find out an in-law disapproved of her spending a thousand pounds on a piece of jewelry), she quickly falls in love with another man, and becomes “a communist!” right alongside him. This eventually takes her to the continent, where he falls in love with someone else, causing her to run off and become a French man’s mistress. In all the excitement, she’s rather inconsiderate of everyone around her, prone to following her whims, and forgets to notify her beloved cousin Fanny of her whereabouts, causing Fanny and the rest of the people who care about her to think she’s been murdered, and go in search of her. Others say she has no business sense at all, but she does run a rather popular communist bookshop successfully. Linda “fritters away” the best years of her youth, spending them in drinking, talking, and being in high society, rather than doing anything decent with her life, showing she has no thought beyond the moment.
Enneagram: 7w6 sx/so
Linda is madly in love with the idea of being in love, and is fanatical about it, imagining all kinds of romantic scenarios and desiring to act on them all, including her sexual whims. She’s brash and always seeking pleasure, while ducking out of her responsibilities on a regular basis. After a traumatic childbirth, she pronounces her newborn daughter ugly and boring and refuses to have anything to do with her, leaving her to the care of her grandparents in the country so that she can run around and have a good time in high society. She never feels bad about this, or about her wild gallivanting, until her cousin calls her on it one day, by angrily confronting her about being selfish, at which point Linda is quite hurt and doesn’t speak to her for a year. She’s optimistic and insists that everything always turns out all right, even saying this after a bomb has destroyed her apartment. She finds it hard to deal with reality, since it’s never quite as pleasant as she imagines it, and she tearfully admits that she only wants happiness, is that so hard to find? She fills the emptiness with shopping, gaily drinking, dancing, and staying out all night, coming home hung-over at noon. Her 6 wing, however, has a panic attack at her wedding as she becomes afraid of what lies ahead of her. She also shows occasional flits of anxiety, a desire for everyone to like and approve of her, and a neediness to be always admired and protected by other people.