Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni
Georges is a natural-born opportunist who leaves behind an impoverished life and work as a soldier and immediately plunges himself into a Parisian life, including drinking, gambling, and whoring. He manages to get himself a job at a newspaper despite having no talent for writing and no experience through his social connections, then immediately adopts the proposed idea of a friend’s wife that he could use the women of high society to become more wealthy. Georges starts to seduce them, to get whatever he wants, starting with Clotilde, who cannot stand to make love in his hovel, so she supplies him with a paid “love nest” apartment. Georges sneaks other women in and out, while allowing her to pay for everything, but remains detached from her, despite her falling in love with him, and often sabotages himself with his impulsive and arrogant behavior. Georges’ reaction to the whore he used to bed causes Clotilde to realize he is insincere and cruel and call off their affair for a time; he no sooner helps Madeline bury her husband than he immediately proposes to get his hands on her money, making an obvious social faux pas. After losing his temper at work and being fired, he seduces the editor’s wife to get back his position. Georges also runs away with her daughter, and lets everyone think they spent the night together, so he can marry her and get his hands on her fortune, after he exposes his wife for her adultery. But Georges has a bad habit of being sullen, withdrawn, openly unlikable, and cruel at times – he often lets his women have it verbally and bluntly, by telling them they don’t matter to him, that he no longer has any use for them, and that he despises them. This backfires a lot, but he can always be opportunistic enough to keep himself off the street. Georges has no ability for long-term thinking and pays his future no mind; he has no interest in politics or the ‘vision’ Madeline has for their nation’s future.
Enneagram: 4w3 so/sx
Georges bounces back and forth between arrogance and being unlikable, and trying to appeal to everyone all the time. He is deeply emotional but also self-centered and something of a hypocrite; he feels hurt that his wife conducts affairs, while conducting his own; he wants what he wants, whenever he wants it, but then not “how” he gets it (he wants to make love to her one afternoon when she is busy, so she does, but he doesn’t like her dominating him or not listening to his needs, so he is angry throughout and then has a sulk afterward). As a deeply unhealthy man, he often loses his temper in public and exposes his true face, which is selfish and unkind; but then he rebounds into fake social niceties and becomes obsessed with his position. If rejected or demeaned by anyone, Georges finds a way to show them up, and prove himself superior, even if it’s to deliberately seduce their daughter so he can run away with their money. Sometimes, he is charming, and at other times, he is so openly obviously money-grubbing, socialites are turned off by him. He also looks down on people who fall for his own cons, scorning Virginie when she falls in love with him.