Function Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Gil is very kind, compassionate, and willing to understand and appreciate other people’s points of view, even when he does not agree with them, but also strongly asserts his own feelings about things, even when it might offend his family members. His father is a “right wing Republican,” and Gil points out at a meal together that he thinks you’d have to be an absolute lunatic to be one of those (with the assumption that they can still be friends, right?). He likes to keep the peace but also ultimately realizes that to be happy, he must pursue what he loves, which is writing and moving to Paris to live a more Bohemian lifestyle. He tends to mull over things intensely and not be comfortable with moving forward on them until he feels sure that it is what he wants (hence, his reluctance to tie the knot with the wrong girl). Gil both strives for independence, and is happy to let others follow their dreams and romantic impulses as well. He’s sensitive about his work and only seeks external opinions on it from people he respects and admires. Gil is an imaginative dreamer, who romanticizes Paris and sees it both it and the 20’s as a symbol of everything he loves most about being a writer. His mind is constantly subconsciously at work, making connections for him even though he is not aware of it (figuring out that his girlfriend is cheating on him, connecting the dots between humans being bored with modern times and desiring to live in a romanticized ideal of the past, etc). He draws great inspiration from Paris and his “Midnight Walks” to influence his novel. He approaches everything with an ability to see the beauty and significance behind it, which his girlfriend doesn’t entirely comprehend nor appreciate; his willingness to put it aside for her, for awhile, means his imagination stagnates. It’s only when he becomes more impulsive and decides to move to Paris to pursue his dream that he is truly happy. The past means a great deal to him; he idolizes the 20’s and the writers from the period. He admires their lives and their writing. He enjoys learning about them, rubbing elbows with famous painters, musicians, writers, movie makers, and other interesting people. He often talks about what he has read, heard, or experienced in reference to places, people, and things. His girlfriend accuses him of wanting to live in another, earlier time period and… to some extent, until his revelation about nostalgia, it is true. He expects, if something works once (getting in a 20’s car and going back in time) that it will happen again in exactly the same way… and he’s right. “I’ve always been very logical,” he says, and makes decisions based on what is right and safe. He often thinks out loud, reminding himself of the facts (his name, his birth date, where he is, and what just happened to him) in order to ground him and keep him under control. In a bad situation, he takes the most obvious, logical means to end it (“finding” the earrings, giving someone a Vellum to calm them down, etc). He is comfortable making a firm decision to stay in his own time and leave his manipulative, controlling girlfriend.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
Gil is an amiable man who has gotten stuck in a relationship he feels ambivalent about; Inez constantly demeans him, shuts him up, puts him down, scorns his dreams about moving to Paris, and in general bosses him around, and he compliantly goes along with it, to avoid any kind of conflict. He will push against people, and then back off – being passive-aggressive toward Paul (arguing with him in public, by agreeing with someone who is telling Paul he is wrong, and then admitting behind his back that he doesn’t know anything about it). He’s so afraid of conflict, he can’t be honest about having feelings for another woman, and is scared of his girlfriend. Even when he breaks up, he tells her that he really feels this will be “best” for her. He doesn’t want to voice strong opinions around other people at times (not wanting to get in the middle of Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s argument about Zelda – “I don’t really know them that well…”). He’s also naïve and somewhat innocent; he doesn’t realize Inez is having an affair with Paul until Hemingway muses about his book; the narrator being blind to the fact that his girlfriend is cheating on him with another character. He also lives primarily in the past, longing for and dreaming about a time better than the one he lives in right now, but is sensible enough to realize that’s being unrealistic – in the end, he chooses to live in the present.