Function Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

ENFPs care more about ideas than experiences, and that’s how Veronica lives her life. She starts out stealing books and reading them rather than doing her needlework, dreaming of what it must be like to be a beautiful courtesan, and writing poems. She resists the idea of being a courtesan until her mother reminds her that being one, would get her access to politics, libraries, and knowledge beyond what the common woman achieves – which changes her mind immediately (after a wander through a public library, a place where “women are not allowed… except for courtesans”). As one, she still devotes herself to higher things – such as writing literature and publishing poems, and contributing to the war effort when they are threatened. She engages in word battles with an ENTP and manages to come up with verses in a few seconds! Veronica is able to keep the big picture in mind and suppress her heart for a while. She refuses to sleep with the man she loves for a long time, until their passions consume them, because it would complicate her life. She understands, where he cannot, that taking care of the king of France’s sexual needs are more important (to get them ships to defend their shores) than his need to keep her “all to myself.” But she also follows her heart; she becomes his mistress for a time, kept only by him. She has a sharp tongue, and when put on trial for witchcraft, refuses to admit to anything she has not done. Her own confession is all about love and yielding to it, but she will not confess to witchcraft, because it’s not true. Her Fi draws the line at it. She will be fake for men to earn money and take care of her loved ones, but not to save her own life. Veronica makes rational decisions in a lot of her life, knowing that to get things you must give something, but shows little inferior Si except for her attachment to her lover. She takes some interest in material goods, but cares more to live vicariously through books.

Enneagram: 2w3 so/sx

Dependent, or super-ego types, allow “should” to make their decisions for them; what they should do for other people, or feel beholden to do. That’s how Veronica becomes a courtesan—she needs to support her family and even when she feels tempted to take on a lover who cannot pay her, for a while, she insists they remain “as we are,” because “I must put food on the table.” Because she’s a 2, love is the most important thing to her; it’s all she thinks about and talks about, and she finds it hard not to fall in love easily (even though her mother tells her not to). She writes poems about love, she is excited by being flattered, praised, and paid attention to, and she becomes whatever men need and want from her, to appeal to them on a sexual level. She pleases them with simple self-preservation things, such as bathing them, or eating with them, or caressing them with ermine, all with a mind to taking care of her family’s needs. Though hesitant at first, Veronica becomes more confident and develops her 3 wing strongly as the story unfolds; she likes to show off, draw attention to herself, bring on praise, read her poems in front of people, and influence others to their military cause. She also moves to 8 when she feels challenged, becoming bigger, more energetic, and refusing to give way to other people and their demands in her protection of her own beliefs.

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