Function Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi
Le Gris has a rational argument for everything he does and every suggestion he makes to other people; when his best friend wants to abandon his estate and go back to war, Le Gris points out that he has no heir, and if he dies, everything reverts to another (the logical facts and consequences of an “impulsive” decision). He has rational reasons not to fight, believes in diplomacy rather than insults, and reorders all of Pierre’s accounts, so the prince need not bother himself with them (so he can womanize and carouse instead). Le Gris chooses to disobey royal orders and follow Jean into combat, because “if he goes alone, he will die,” then intervenes for him with the prince, trying to assure him that Jean is not a loose cannon (“his intentions are good”). He knows he must be ready to raise an army at a moment’s notice, and often uses violence to get the point across with the tenants; taking land and gifts in exchange for taxes, and gaining wealth in the process. He is an intellectual who has learned several languages, including Latin, and who forms an unrealistic, idealistic attachment to Marguerite after only a few encounters. He becomes wrongfully convinced that she is as lustful for him as he is for her, that she is enticing him, and that he can pledge his heart to her and then consummate their union—choosing to see what he wants to see out of the situation, rather than the truth. He never doubts his own perspective right up until the end. Mostly, however, Le Gris shows a tendency toward sexual hedonism—he stays up half the night with the prince, partaking in orgies and rough playing with castle prostitutes. Though a foolish, short-sighted decision to make, he takes advantage of everyone’s absence from Marguerite’s house to manipulate his way in the door and then assault her, never thinking she might tell anyone and threaten his social standing. Though a smart man in a tactical sense, Le Gris has no awareness of emotional dynamics. He simply takes whatever he wants, without thinking that in the process, he is going to ruin his close friendship with Jean – despite knowing his friend intends to marry Marguerite, for example, he forces her father to hand over a chunk of his estate to himself, causing the rift that soon spreads into open resentment and hatred between them. It never occurs to him that he has done anything “hurtful” in that situation, and he finds Jean’s temperamental outbursts troublesome.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Le Gris is primarily concerned with his reputation – his focus automatically goes to status, even with his friend Jean, when he tells him that he will inherit his father’s garrison, and that it’s a great honor that Pierre has chosen that place in which to have the knights swear fealty to him. He maintains until the bitter end that he is innocent of the rape charge, insisting it on the pain of his soul, because he genuinely believes in his own self-deceit. He assumes he is handsome, charming, a great ladies’ man, that no woman could possibly resist him, and this arrogance combined with his sociopathic nature allows him to “take” a woman without assuming he is violating her; he changes the story to “consensual,” a mutual surrender of lust, because he cannot bear to think of himself in any other way. He refuses to admit to his guilt, because it would harm his reputation, and feels scandalized that it is being “slandered” all across France. Le Gris is otherwise charming, likable, and persuasive, easily appealing to women and seducing them, but also devoted to his work, ambitious, and social-climbing; he uses his position to obtain lands, titles, and honors for himself. His 2 wing seeks to be helpful to those of personal interest to him, such as Jean when he intervenes for him with Pierre, and later, when he confesses to Marguerite that she needs someone to take ‘care’ of her, and that he loves her and cannot stand to see her live in the poverty Jean provides for her, through his impulsive decisions.