Function Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se
Abbe de Coulmier stands out from his peers, in how he runs a different kind of asylum – one that imposes few rules on its inmates, treats everyone pleasantly and with compassion, lets most of the inmates run around unchecked, and does not forbid the Marquis from writing his stories, because as Coulmier puts it, “it’s good for him to get them out of his head.” But in all his isolation and his idealistic belief that he can cure a known sadist, Coulmier is naïve in assuming they stay in his room… he is shocked and horrified to find out someone has been printing them, and spreading “his filth” all over the city. His practice of tolerance and not imposing his values on anyone else has backfired, and threatens the closure of his asylum unless he gains control over its most notorious inmate. It pains him not to be friends with the Marquis, and to take away his pleasures, but he persists in doing so as punishment, to avoid worse things from happening and appease his militant superior officers. Coulmier has fallen in love with Madeleine, but won’t allow himself to have her, because he believes it would be a sin and a violation of his vows. His methods of caring for the sick are unorthodox, and he allows them plenty of freedom, creativity, and room to use their imaginations – having them put on plays regularly and charging admission from locals who choose to attend. Coulmier doesn’t assume the Marquis will use this as an opportunity to take a dig at his boss, and feels humiliated at having to sit through a “filthy play.” A quiet and patient man, Coulmier has taught Madeline to read, but also says he regrets that she chooses to read dirty stories, rather than pleasant ones. He’s surprised to find out that she says if she did not read them, she would find it harder to be pure in real life. Coulmier becomes less tolerant over time, after the marquis has betrayed him a few times, and learns from his mistakes—he increases the punishments, focusing on taking away more and more of his privileges, and finally, becoming quite barbaric himself. He has the Marquis’ tongue cut out, so that he cannot speak any more filth, and soon thereafter, goes mad from giving in to such unspeakable cruelty. His inferior Se shows in his impulsive behavior from time to time—though tempted by the woman he loves, he rejects her—and then runs after her, having changed his mind and encounters someone else in the corridor instead.
Enneagram: 9w1 so/sp
Coulmier is liked because he is tolerant, understanding, and mild-mannered, befriending most of his inmates and spending time with them, soothing their discomforts and easing their souls. He has a gentle way of ministering to them and tries to reason with them, rather than punish them for their misdeeds; he only becomes cruel under extreme situations – even though one of his inmates attacked Madeleine, he forgave him and allowed him to wander around the asylum unchecked, only to have him later kill her. After that, Coulmier had him cruelly punished by locking him in an iron maiden. He likewise tolerated the Marquis’ work, until after the woman he loved died, and then became increasingly mean in his dealings with him – depriving him of any luxuries, locking him in a cistern, and cutting out his tongue. His 1 wing is moral, principled, and disapproving of bad behavior, intentions, dirty stories, etc. Coulmier tries very hard to live up to being a good man who does not sin, even refusing to allow himself to touch, kiss, and be with the woman he loves, because he took a vow of chastity.