Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Even in childhood, Lucinda is highly active and industrious, choosing to swim and climb trees rather than hang around the house. She does not want to explode her Prince Rupert’s drop, a piece of glass, because then it will be gone and she can no longer marvel at its beauty. She nurses this love of glass into her adulthood, when she impulsively decides to purchase a glass works company, without knowing anything about how to run that business. She then seeks out people who can help her, and falls into addictive gambling behaviors. Lucinda cannot stand being alone on the boat, so she goes in search of someone to spend time with her and winds up pretending to need confession just to talk to Oscar. They then happily play cards together. She sets up a card game to ‘trap the stewards’ into gambling, and admits she went on a train for the express purpose of playing dice. Lucinda often stays out all night socializing. Left together at the house after her maid leaves, because she considers Oscar being there scandalous, Lucinda challenges him to floor-cleaning contests. She at first thinks his idea about a glass church is ‘impractical,’ but then gambles her entire inheritance on whether he can do it. Lucinda, the narrator admits, lives so much in the moment, she doesn’t think about how her habit is destroying the foundation of her wealth ‘brick by brick.’ She is quite assertive to other people when she feels threatened, refusing to leave home, wearing pants underneath her skirts (and shorter skirts) despite the Sydney fashions of the time period, purchasing a glass works company as a working woman, and intending to run it herself. Lucinda doesn’t like to talk about her feelings, and will simply flee the situation to avoid being direct about them; she doesn’t want to sacrifice who she is to please other people, and objects to them doing that themselves (she doesn’t like the idea of her minister friend preaching anything he doesn’t believe is true). Lucinda doesn’t seem to mind that everyone thinks she’s in a sinful relationship; she knows she isn’t, so she doesn’t want their approval. When she embraces the idea of the church, others call her ‘impractical’ and point out the logistics of it being bad (it will be hot as hell; she retorts that they will build it beneath a nice, cool tree).
Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so
Lucinda admires Oscar, because he is willing to do things despite his fears. She can be impulsive, but also admits she feels ‘scared’ about her commitments. She doesn’t like people to disapprove of her, and tries to either win over their approval through being charming and sweet, or asserts herself against them, or chooses to avoid the situation altogether. Lucinda is easily flustered and intimidated by people, and also seeks out those who can counsel or help her in her business. She places a great deal of faith in her reverend friend, and trusts him to help her figure out how to run her new business. It upsets her when he must leave on her account, because of the scandals surrounding her. Lucinda says she wishes she could assume that ‘people are just good, simple chaps’ instead of being critical and judgmental of them. Her 7 wing is playful but also avoidant. She runs away from confrontation and any discussion of her irresponsible behaviors, choosing to scurry away from her minister friend rather than face his serious questions about her gambling addiction and inappropriate behavior. She questions and challenges his willingness to leave for the outback, accusing him of blindly going along with something he does not believe. Lucinda has a playful, childish side to her nature and seeks stimulation wherever she can find it.