Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Even though Belle has a pleasant way with people and doesn’t go out of her way to offend them (even softening her response to Gaston’s proposal by insisting “I don’t deserve you”), she doesn’t really attempt to mold her behavior to that of the townspeople or change herself in any way to fit into their lives (despite wishing she had someone to talk to). She also puts her own curiosity ahead of the wishes of the Beast and his companions when she enters the castle – because she is curious about the west wing, she persists in going there after being told not to, despite all attempts by Lumiere and Cogsworth to dissuade her. She tends to make decisions from her heart; because she loves her father, she trades herself as a prisoner for him, out of concern that he has fallen ill (and then mourns that she has now given up her ‘dreams’ for him). She refuses to come down to dinner with the Beast, or to associate with him, until she has changed her mind about him, and seen his inner goodness – then, she welcomes him into her heart, and admits that her feelings are undergoing a transformation (“he was mean / and he was course / and unrefined / and now he’s dear!”). Belle’s complete change of heart toward him comes from her idealism, her ability to see the good in most people, and to change her mind even though she had made it up. Belle knows the castle is enchanted, because it’s obvious, and because she has spent her entire life reading books about princes in disguise and magic. She feels torn between “wanting much more than this provincial life,” and her routine of reading books, staying in the village, and dreaming rather than doing. Belle can be naïve and impulsive, trading her life imprisonment for her father, going home to tend his wounds, then innocently defending him against Gaston – and being horrified to realize he would hunt the Beast down like… well, an animal, despite knowing he hunts creatures like the Beast for fun. Belle is attentive to the small details of her village (“every day just the same”) and tired of it, but does not really leave until her father turns up missing. Though she shares her feelings of alienation and not feeling understood with her father, she is not forthcoming with her feelings to the villagers – and is oblivious to their whispering behind her back. She maintains an air of calm most of the time, but can deliver biting criticisms when challenged by Gaston or the Beast. She tends to act on her feelings, while not thinking through the potential repercussions – because she wants to explore, she doesn’t consider the Beast might become angry; she’s so eager to save her father and prove the Beast exists, she shows off his appearance to Gaston, never thinking he might want to hunt her friend (inferior Te).
Enneagram: 9w8 so/sp
Belle has a pleasant demeanor and makes repeated but halfhearted attempts to connect to people in the village (to talk about the books she loves), but when they don’t seem interested, she shrugs and goes on about her day. The townspeople call her a girl with her “head stuck in a cloud,” and peculiar, because all she does is read books. According to them, she is “dazed and distracted.” She is both pleasant (looking for polite ways to reject Gaston’s advances, and even telling the Beast “no thank you” when he attempts to force her to come down to dinner), and stubborn in holding her ground. She refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do. She also wants “adventure in the great wide somewhere,” but has done nothing about it other than sit at home, read books, and dream (she is “doing” repressed). She also becomes more influenced by and in love with the Beast, the more she is around him – showing a great capacity to forgive people and forget their mistakes by seeing the good in them. Her temper flares up almost as fast as his does, often in response to being yelled at. When the Beast yells at her for leaving the castle, she hotly retorts that she wouldn’t have if he hadn’t frightened her first. Belle asserts herself against him repeatedly, refusing to come down to dinner (she doesn’t want to), and going into the West Wing even though it’s forbidden because she is curious about it and not interested in distractions. She also stands up to Gaston and calls him a monster. Her temper will flare up and then fade back into compassion, as she tends the Beast’s wounds and looks for ways to reconcile with him after he starts to change.
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