Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
Westley shows a tendency toward forward thinking, and a similar sense of detachment toward how the world works in actuality. He leaves Buttercup to make his fortune at sea, and is gone for many years, but still assumes that she will be waiting for him when he comes back (whenever that might be; it never occurs to him that she thinks he’s dead and might move on, as people often do – he’s angry when she appears to do just that). In the meantime, after being captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts, he says he spent his time learning anything anyone was willing to teach him that might be useful, including fencing, fighting, etc. He reasoned that someone, one day, might attempt to poison him, so he “spent years building up an immunity to Iocane Powder.” He also shows an intuitive sense of knowing who is a threat and who isn’t, despite barely knowing them. A few minutes spent with Inigo makes him decide “I’d sooner destroyed a stained glass window than an artist such as yourself,” so he knocks him unconscious, and does the same with Fezzik, recognizing that neither means him serious harm despite their obvious actions to the alternative (each gives him a fair chance to win the fight). Vizzini, however, threatens to kill Buttercup, so he must die. Westley has only just met Prince Humperdink before he recognizes that he is lying to Buttercup (“We are both men of action; lies do not become us”). He later assumes, perhaps naively, that he can withstand torture and somehow find his way back to Buttercup. Westley knows he can bluff the prince into surrendering, and is able to plan how to get into the castle after only a few minutes of thinking about it (even though he says he needs at least two weeks). He has a warm and affable personality, easily giving people compliments, reassuring Buttercup that they are going to survive in the Fire Swamp, and making light of the threats. Westley also takes the chance to stroke Vizzini’s ego, to insult the Prince, and to explain in detail what he intends to do to him, to scare him into compliance (a long, drawn out story about how he will cut off certain body parts in a particular order, and leave him to wander the earth, with the echo of people screaming “Dear God, what is that thing?” in his “perfect ears”). Westley when he first returns to Buttercup is rude and dismissive, callous in how he criticizes her for having moved on, and only comes around when he realizes she loves him after all, has not moved on, and intends to mourn him until her own death. He cleverly solves problems through a combination of pre-planning and spontaneity, although we must remember that he learned many of his skills at sea, so swordsmanship is nothing new to him. Westley spends a lot of time in his inferior Se – he has to, to save Buttercup. Fearlessly following them up the Cliffs of Insanity, engaging Inigo in a duel and defeating him (after showing some spectacular tricks on the rocks), leaping on Fezzik and knocking him out from behind, poisoning Vizzini (knowing there was no risk to himself, and no concern for which cup he might choose), and navigating the Fire Swamp. He plunges into it, figuring out quickly how to avoid the fire bursts, leaping into a bunch of quicksand to save his love, and then fighting off a rodent of unusual size by setting it on fire and stabbing it to death. Then, he wants to challenge the prince for her hand, shouting that he’d rather die than surrender.
Enneagram: 2w3 sx/sp
“Please, sir, I need to live for love,” Westley told the Dread Pirate Roberts, and to his astonishment, the man let him live! Everything he does is motivated by a deep and abiding love for Buttercup – his desire to work hard and return to her, to save her from her enemies, even to hash it out with her over being angry that she has apparently gotten over his loss and agreed to marry somebody else! He serves her in silence and meekly when they first meet, until she realizes that every time he fetches her a pail of water, he is telling her that he loves her. He sees how upset and scared she is in the Fire Swamp, and reassures her that they will be just fine, choosing to keep her optimistic instead. He goes on and on about this being true love, how it doesn’t happen every day, etc., but always winds up her “rescuer,” and “saver,” the hero to her damsel in distress, who puts his life on the line to protect her. Westley also adapts to be whatever anyone else needs him to be, on the spot, showing them a different, sometimes insincere, side of himself. He is warm but dangerous with Inigo, cunning with Vizzini, and threatening toward the price, while being a romantic hero for Buttercup. He has completely embraced the persona of being a pirate.