MBTI Type: ISFP
Frank makes a lot of moral decisions that aren’t to his own benefit; it’s hard for him to wrap his head around not helping other people on the race, and it being purely competitive. He ignores one man’s demand that he leave him in the quicksand (or shoot him, and put him out of his mercy) to save his life, even though it puts him half a day behind the other riders. He routinely wonders if his horse can handle such tough conditions, and second-guesses himself when others question it as well; he almost gives up the race, out of fear that Hidalgo might “kill himself” in the desert. Frank doesn’t want to see a man get his head chopped off, so he intervenes and threatens him unless he will tell the truth (giving him a spur to the neck, and pretending like he might drag him behind a horse, none of which he intends to do). He finds it difficult to process his feelings about the massacre among the Indians, even though he tells few people that he shares their blood; rather than dealing with his feelings, he gets drunk and tries to pretend it never happened. He turns a woman who wants to sleep with him down flat, walking out without any interest, because it seems false and shallow to him. He’s often saving people. Frank is also physical and easily adapts to his environment; he spends his free time racing horses, and says that he never tamed Hidalgo. He worked as a courier, and now does tricks in Wild Bill’s Wild West Show (but half the time, he’s drunk, and can’t hardly get on his horse). He drowns his feelings in alcohol. Frank thinks fast on his feet; when a man wants to attack him, he flips a coin in the air and asks him to call it, then punches him while he’s distracted. He has taught his horse an assortment of cute tricks (including stealing his hat). He shows opportunism and reactivity along the race, heading for shelter when it becomes dangerous (outrunning a sandstorm, protecting Hidalgo’s eyes from it, and improvising and stealing water when others attempt to keep him from it). He frets a bit about the future for Hidalgo, but only when he’s already in the race.
Enneagram: 9w8 sp/so
Frank seems to be all about keeping himself calm, even in stressful situations; he uses drinking to avoid thinking about the massacre he witnessed (having gotten there too late to do anything about it). When the Indian in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show tells him about what’s going on among his people, Frank doesn’t want to face it or think about it. He denies his own half-Indian blood to avoid people targeting him, until he learns to “own” it later in the story. It takes him a long time to decide what to do about the wild Mustangs being round up to get shot (he winds up buying and releasing them, and allowing Hidalgo to go free with them). It’s hard to upset him; you can say whatever you want to him, as long as you don’t insult or hurt his horse – because then he will come for you (he punches one man in the face, and lets another die in a pit). He is easygoing, but reacts with force when necessary—and also draws strong boundaries (declining a woman’s offer for sex while on the race), though he routinely gets roped into things (like rescuing Jazira, to avoid having his privates cut off). Frank will quickly intervene whenever he sees anything going wrong, or feels that it’s inappropriate, even if it’s none of his business, asserting himself in order to make things go according to what he thinks is right.