Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Thomas lives fully in the moment, whether that involves drinking half the night, or going on a hunt, or marrying Catherine Parr on a whim because she desires an immediate union rather than to wait and get permission from the king. He often leaps into things before thinking about them, only to reconsider them later (she pays off the priest to marry them without royal consent, and then he frets about it, because he reminds her that ‘this is treason… what we have done’). He acts on his romantic feelings and often has a poor sense of personal boundaries; because he’s attracted to Elizabeth, he initiates ‘games’ in which he bursts into her bedroom to find her in bed, and cuts off her dress down to her shift for ‘entertainment.’ He becomes involved with her, while still being married to her stepmother, and when his wife finds them, he insists nothing happened between them and that she imagined it. Thomas tries to send her a love letter from his prison cell, foolishly assuming that it won’t endanger her in the process (he never thinks about the consequences to any of his actions). He has a warm and charming nature, is considerate of people’s feelings, and unlike most people at court, has no desire to change anyone’s personal beliefs or impose his own on them. But he also wants power and pushes against other people for it, chastising his brother for not allowing him to have influence and coming up with a reckless scheme to kidnap the prince so that he can influence him. (It backfires, he winds up foolishly shooting the boy’s dog and exposing his presence in the palace, and then gets executed for treason when he can’t talk himself out of it.) But all of his decisions have terrible repercussions – his marriage to Catherine was treasonous and it’s only because Edward didn’t want to look bad that he allowed it; his courtship of Elizabeth winds up a disaster; his plan to kidnap the king backfires and kills him; even his spectacular fire on the lake causes all the fish to die and pollutes the place.

Enneagram: 9w8 sx/so

Thomas is a strange blend of passivity and aggression; when his brother confronts his wife and demands the return of the crown jewels, she has a hissy fit, while Thomas compliantly tells him that they will return them immediately (and then tells her to calm down). She in turn thinks of him as ‘passive’ and ‘cowardly’ and ‘weak’ because he will not stand up to his brother. He shows flits of aggression as he pushes people’s buttons in Council meetings, but often winds up going along with other people’s agendas, especially his wife. It’s her that wants to get married without royal permission and pays off the priest; he agrees, but then doubts their decision later and doesn’t want her to tell anyone the truth, in case it gets them into trouble (it’s treason, he tells her; what we’ve done). He doesn’t over-exert himself and seeks a life of pleasure, sometimes through hedonism and the belief that he’s in the right and should take what he wants, and sometimes through drinking. When his wife catches him fondling Elizabeth in her room late one night, he tells her nothing happened and tries to make the peace with her. But he also shows flashes of anger and initiative, such as launching his scheme to kidnap the king, attempting to beat the man who exposes his secret letter to Elizabeth on the scaffold, and being unapologetic in following his more carnal desires (he’s married, but wants a sexual relationship with a teenager under his protection). Thomas can be charming and kind, but also doesn’t acknowledge the wrongness of his actions or his intentions, and shows bullying behaviors sometimes under the guise of enjoyment, such as when he cuts Elizabeth’s dress off her and laughs about it, oblivious to her humiliation and fear. He becomes more anxious and reactive under stress, as he second-guesses his “impulsive” decisions.

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