John used to be an acrobat in the circus but when that closed, he decided to use his skills for a better job—as a jewel thief, a rational but not the most moral decision a man could make. He meticulously works through the clues to find out who is framing him, asking questions and observing people and their behaviors. He puts things together in his own mind and remains detached, even when he becomes involved with Frances – when she tells him that she thinks she is in love with him, he retorts that’s stupid. He also uses a life and death situation to force the real jewel thief to confess their role in the crimes and clear him of any suspicion, so he can go back to his normal quiet life in the country. John is quite proactive in how he eludes danger, investigates, and leaps on changes to escape. He has very little time to respond to the police’s arrival, but still outsmarts them and winds up on a bus. From there, he catches a boat across a river and assumes a false identity in a hotel, where he uses dropping a betting chip down a girl’s dress as a way to introduce himself to his “mark.” John goes along with Frances’ wild behavior, kissing her, sleeping with her, and risking much to be with her, while also managing to continue eluding the police. He clambers over rooftops at night without concern of falling to his death, and warns the insurance agent that many of his clients are not safe. Though it takes him a while to work things out, John does eventually expose the identity of the thief, and admits that he figured it out at a certain point (lending new meaning to him slapping them on the scene). His low Fe can be charming when he wants to be, but isn’t emotionally engaged with the people around him, does not take her allegations personally (he seems more exasperated that he has to keep doing this), and does not explain himself. He admits to the insurance agent that he is no Robin Hood; whatever he stole, he kept for himself.

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John is concerned about staying out of jail, since he has already served hard time for being a jewel thief, so contrary to his reputation in the newspapers, he has walked on the “straight and narrow” since his release. When it becomes clear that someone is framing him for the thefts, he manages to elude the police, check in with his old buddies, and use his previous alliances and friendships to keep him out of hot water while he investigates the crimes. Even though guilty of similar previous actions, John has a likable and persuasive nature that allows others to trust him. He pokes good-natured fun at himself and manages to argue with or elude most of the word-traps Frances sets up for him, as he tries to convince her he isn’t the cat burglar. He is generally suspicious of people, cautious of making mistakes, and feels anxiety driving at top speeds around treacherous corners with Frances, but his 5 wing makes him resourceful, self-sufficient, and withdrawn. John lives alone in an expensive villa and gives her a look of disgust when she says how much her mother will love it here, since he clearly doesn’t want to share his home environment with anyone else, especially not a mother-in-law.

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