Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Charles is something of an emotional wreck when we first meet him, since he his holed up in his writing apartment without an idea to call his own, moaning about being blocked and incapable of writing anything, even though he has promised to deliver a screenplay relatively soon, to help them out of a financial woe. In truth, he’s bemoaning the loss of his first wife, Elvira, who is on his mind often, since… well, to be honest, he hasn’t come up with a single good plot himself. He relied on her to give him all the excellent characters, the deep narratives, and the good plot twists, since he struggles to string ideas together coherently. However, persuaded to go out and about the town one evening, he watches a medium revealed as a fraud and has a brilliant idea – to invite her to the house for a séance, hoping for more inspiration. He has come up with a new angle for his script, his detective can solve a crime with the aid of spiritual forces at work! But it backfires and brings her back into the present, where his feelings for her start to form again… and later, wane as he finds her to be an inconvenience. Charles is forever remarking on how inappropriate and immoral her proposals are, while being sucked into them as his same old feelings emerge by being around her (Fi/Si). More and more, he seems to be incapable of moving on, and winds up falling into the same old routines with her, enjoying how she coaxes him out of his comfort zone, and … finding out things about their marriage, her infidelity, etc., that he would rather forget. As it turns out, he romanticized her, and failed to remember what a psycho she can actually be, and his own feelings do an about-face when he realizes how destructive and dangerously unhinged she is. He wavers between wanting to get rid of her, and pointing out that he wasn’t supposed to be a monk forever, people move on, so that’s what he did. He says he loves them both, but as his wives point out later, the only person he loves is himself. Charles winds up having an affair with his dead wife, while Ruth knows nothing about it, despite his own objections. But it’s his inferior Te that really gets him into trouble. Charles is just… blunt. He frankly tells his ex that she’s dead, hurting her feelings. He can be cross and petulant, bossy and angry. He tells his wife off for being indecent and orders her out of his sight, all the while forgetting there are other people present, and getting himself kicked off a movie lot for unintentionally offending the director, his father-in-law, his wife, and an actress. He continues to tell her off and even chase her around with a shovel, forgetting there are other people present, and that his actions will land him in the nuthouse.
Enneagram: 1w9 so/sp
Charles has a long of strong, moralistic opinions to unload on Elvira – when she says she might win him back, he points out that’s immoral, since he is now married to someone else. He tells her to stop behaving like a harlot and condemns her for being vain and self-obsessed. He tells her at a later date to stop being indecent, and that her behavior is not appropriate. His immediate reaction to anything she does is to get angry about it, and to tell her off, while not wanting to upset his other wife or hurt her feelings. But he’s a bit of a hypocrite, since despite all his objections, he winds up having sex with his wife’s ghost. In that way, his 9 wing merges into her and lowers his defenses. He also hates any kind of serious conflict and tries to make peace with his wives as best he can. When that fails, he avoids them. Charles also has something of a habit of laziness, which his first wife points out – he has become too comfortable in his bedroom slippers. And, Ruth also notices it, saying that he’s choosing creature comforts over writing, since he ought to get the good ideas down while they are fresh.