Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne
Edward Seymour is traditional and knows his place. He doesn’t like for others to step out of their positions, because he understands that social roles are how society works. He is a husband and father, but also an uncle to a king, and methodically handles all of his business, his accounts, and attempts to restore the treasury from its depleted state, even going so far as to sell a province back to the French for profit. When the king throws a fit about this, Edward rationally points out that going back on their word now would call his reign into question and cause a war they cannot afford; the province is useless to them, but they could use the money. He knows quite well the cause and effect of things, is sensible and rational in his decisions, and intentional in what he does. But he also shows excellent Fi usage—though he seems cold and critical of his brother (whom he sees as reckless and foolish and inept, by comparison to his own ease of rational thinking), he doesn’t attempt to change him. And he doesn’t believe in religious persecution or the need to force Mary to become a Protestant. He values the right for a man or woman to choose and live by their own beliefs, and so extends that to her, rather than buying into the king’s ‘fanaticism.’ But he’s also rational enough to see that both of them are fanatics—just on opposite ends of the spectrum, so he has to be careful in dealing with them. He has no room for larger-scale thinking other than serves the needs of the realm in the present, and is blindsided by his brother’s decisions (his impulsive marriage to the queen, his treasonous attempt to kidnap the king, etc). Edward also, rather short-sighted-ly, aligns himself with Mary while the king is ill, leading to his own fall from grace and execution.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Edward lives his life through the lens of ‘duty’ and ambition; he knows it’s his place to protect and guide his nephew, but in so doing, he takes a lot of the decisions away from him. He calmly and rationally explains his reasoning when challenged, but also has a great deal of pride, and contempt for his brother’s ‘wanton ways.’ In his mind, there is a certain and appropriate way of doing things, and this doesn’t involve marrying the dowager queen, or making passes at Elizabeth Tudor, or being ambitious above your station. Those things are inappropriate to his mind. He makes decisions from the gut and does not second guess them, even being willing to execute his brother because his actions demand it, despite caring for him. He shows his 2 wing both through his usefulness to people, and his general tolerance of their mistakes when he cares about them. He alone is willing to compromise so that Mary can practice the faith she believes in, without fear of persecution; he sees that as her right. But he tips his hand to the young king, when he berates him for not being ‘grateful’ to Edward for serving him so well, revealing a 2ish sense of pride in being ‘needed.’
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