Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Esme is a very dynamic, present woman – from dancing and performing on the streets for money, to participating as a star attraction in the Festival of Fools, to defying Frollo by freeing Quasi despite orders to the contrary, and fleeing into the church for sanctuary. She doesn’t hesitate to act, using a candelabra to attack Phoebus, then saving his life by throwing a stone to upset Frollo’s horse. She leaps into the water and rescues him from drowning, then carries him to Notre Dame to entrust him to Quasimodo. Even though she’s “scared” as Quasi helps her escape, Esme doesn’t seem troubled by his admission he’s never “done this before.” She has a strong moral center, which refuses to stand by and watch Quasimodo persecuted for being different and abused by the crowd, but is mostly concerned with and focused on her own feelings for Phoebus. She is so wrapped up them, she fails to notice the hunchback’s crush on her, nor pick up on his subtle romantic advances. She thinks because he helped her once, and is a kind person, he will help her again – unknowingly breaking his heart by asking him to take care of Phoebus for her. She does not care what anyone thinks of her, much less Frollo, and draws a hard, silent line in the sand – she’d rather burn than be his mistress. Esmeralda doesn’t hesitate to take swift action, aimed at accomplishing something – putting food on the table, misleading Frollo, using the crowd to help her escape, protecting Phoebus, and organizing everyone to leave the Court of Miracles unharmed. Her inferior Ni is her blind spot. When Frollo enters the church and orders her arrest, Esme leaps immediately to the wrong conclusion – that Phoebus was distracting her long enough for his boss to come along; she doesn’t respond well to him, until he later proves himself trustworthy. She also doesn’t think through the ramifications of fleeing inside the church (“gypsies don’t do well inside stone walls”).
Enneagram: 8w9 so/sx
Esmeralda is assertive and defiant from the first time we meet her in the streets of Paris, but also kind in her desire to look after and protect the defenseless. She dances for the crowd, becomes appalled at their treatment of the hunchback, and defies Frollo to set him free, then makes a fool out of him in her escape. Rather than be grateful to Phoebus for helping her flee into Notre Dame and claim sanctuary, she assumes the worst of him and attacks him with a candelabra. She confronts the gypsy king about sentencing people to death without a fair trial, and works in the interest of her group (“my people”). She repeatedly defies Frollo, over and over again, refusing to become his mistress, and even spitting in his face when he threatens her with a fiery grave (she would rather die in agony than submit to him). But her 9 side comes out very clearly whenever she is around soft, and gentle people. She is sweet and tender with Quasi, consoling and making friends with him. She “wants for nothing” from God, and sings about her people instead, because she assumes she can look after herself, and has no grand ambitions for her life or her future beyond this moment. She warms to Phoebus after he proves himself courageous and willing to die for innocent people.