Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Frederick returns from a life at sea with one end in mind—to have a family and create a sustainable, normal life free of adventure, since he has seen and done what he wanted to and now desires to stay at home. He likes to think carefully about positions before he accepts them, especially when they conflict with his domestic desires—and he has come back, it seems, to find out if Anne still care about him or not. Once they are in the same social circles, his own feelings return in force—not that they ever abandoned him in the first place. He makes a lot of assumptions based on his previous interactions with her, about her flaws and strengths, showing both an idealized Anne and a harsher view of her, based in his anger at her inability to stand up to Lady Russell. He admits that he has spent time with a thousand different versions of her in his head (Ne) over the years, some to cherish and others to rail against (it is the same for her). Since he is so capable, the admiralty wants to promote him and give him even more responsibilities. Frederick is also straightforward and sometimes blunt in his opinions about people; he asks clarifying questions (“just to be clear…”) and is direct in what he says to others (in challenging Mr. Eliot and his intentions, in the love letter he writes to Anne, even in convincing her to get on the coach after she twisted her ankle). When asked what he thinks of Anne, he says “she has changed so much I would hardly recognize her.” His feelings also run deep; he’s offended when she says that women love longer than men, and writes her a love letter to challenge this erroneous perception. He is angry at her because she allowed someone else to talk her out of ‘her most deeply felt convictions’ (her love for him), while he would never have allowed it. He cannot share his feelings with her in words except in writing and is awkward in attempting to talk about them on the beach, so he talks around them instead. Frederick believes what he hears, assumes she will marry Mr. Eliot, and defers, rather than thinking a different way or attempting to pursue her.

Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so

Frederick is very different from his image-centric character in the book. Here, he is much more cautious, introspective, and thoughtful, concerned with doing what is right and being firm in his treatment of others. He immediately confronts Mr. Elliot when they meet and distrusts his intentions toward Anne (then is apologetic about it later, right before he warns her to be careful swimming in the sea because of the tides and such). He says that he didn’t often know what to do at sea, and whenever he felt overwhelmed, he would think about Anne and try to make a decision like she would, since he finds her “calm and steady.” This is rather like a 6’s need to consult others and/or make decisions based on an inner committee. He can be warm and funny and flirtatious, or distant and critical, seeing Mary as selfish and unkind of others, and Louisa as somewhat absurd (he teases her about being inept with spoons, after she pretends not to know how to use a fork). He feels obligated to take care of other people and responsible for them; when Louisa falls and gets hurt while playing games with him, he says he knew she was ‘infatuated’ and did nothing to discourage her, ergo he must go to her parents and make amends. Frederick is angry at her for a long time for not standing on her convictions, and listening to other people rather than obeying her heart. He says Anne might isolate herself so that she can ‘pass judgment’ on others—while he is in turn, judging her for being critical of other people. When Louisa calls him on it, he apologizes for being rude and thanks her for correcting him. He’s critical of Mary for rejecting someone as a potential suitor for her sister-in-law, due to their poverty, and later reminds her she cannot abide the idea of being in a house with less than five servants. He hesitates in getting married because he does not want to leave behind a woman who would ‘worry’ about him (Anne tells him that is her place, whether to worry or not, and that a wife can handle her own feelings). He tends to run away whenever he doesn’t want to face something; twice, he heads for the sea when he feels rejected (Anne rejects his proposal, so he goes to sea for eight years and makes a name for himself, eventually becoming a captain; and later, when he thinks Mr. Elliot is going to marry her, he runs away to sea again). He can be somewhat irresponsible in how he plays with Louisa’s feelings, but also chastises himself for indulging her and asks Anne for advice on what to do and say with her parents, signifying that he isn’t sure of himself or what decisions he should make.

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