Function Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Valarie is intensely emotional but that rarely rises to the surface; when her sister is killed, she mourns in private and in silence, keeping all her tears inside and instead choosing to braid her sister’s hair. She had no idea her sister was in love with Henry, and wonders why she never told her. Valarie chooses to act on her feelings (tempting Peter to run away with her, dancing with another girl to make him jealous, turning down Henry’s proposal, etc). Where the other girls in town get their moral beliefs from social standards, Valarie makes up her own rules and ultimately winds up living outside of town, in a lifestyle that is not widely accepted in the era (a single mother, in the extended edition). She loves beautiful things and the thought of new experiences. Valarie wants to impulsively abandon everything she knows and run away with Peter. She sees opportunities to act and often takes them, ranging from collecting a hand with silver fingernails out of the snow to making out with Peter in the straw in the barn. Valarie is observant; she notices the subtle changes in other people. She catches scents, sees things, and is intensely in tune with her environment. Steadily, throughout the story, Valarie senses things about other people and builds connections in her mind that give her a clearer picture of the truth; though not aware of the wolf’s true identity when she runs off to her grandmother’s house, she thinks ahead enough to collect items that will protect her and help her defeat the wolf. Valarie decides to wait for Peter, after seeing a vision/flash of their future life together in a symbolic setting in the snow – them making love and living together. Her emotions drive her decisions, but when necessary, Valarie can make the logical choice: killing the wolf to protect herself and others, and burying him in the lake so that the truth will never come out and taint his family’s name.
Enneagram: 6w7 sx/sp
Valarie shows more of her whimsical, excitable 7 wing early on in the story, but the more the wolf threatens the town, the more suspicious, paranoid, and distrustful she becomes of those around her—including her own parents, Henry, and even the man she loves more than life. She says at the end of the story that she has chosen to live in the woods, which scares her less than the things in town. She asks her friend not to tell anyone that she heard the wolf talking to her, because “they would burn me as a witch.” When she recognizes human eyes in the wolf, brown eyes, she distrusts everyone with brown eyes, even Peter. She threatens him with a knife to get away from her. She doesn’t trust Father Solomon and tries to avoid him, feels unsure about her grandmother being safe and runs out into the woods to check on her, but also distrusts her when she finds her unexpectedly in their home. Valarie has a mischievous, romantic side that is willing to take risks, and wants to ignore the bad things in her life, in favor of running away from her problems after a certain point.