Function Order: Se-Ti-Fe-Ni
Jacob tells Maisie that he doesn’t really plan things, so much as get “fired up” and then just sort of wings it. And indeed, he’s very good at intervening at the last minute, saving people from the jaws of death, thinking fast on his feet, throwing himself into the sea to rescue someone, and in fighting valiantly against the sea beasts. He agrees with another crew member that there may not be a later, so he might as well live it up now (and gets drunk and hungover). He’s often seen trying to rig things to their advantage, including his attempts to explore inside the sea beast, his repair work on their longboat, and his pragmatic attitude toward them being on the island and his solution (get to another island and flag down a ride from a passing ship). He is non-sentimental about her “pet” (and tosses it back into the woods, despite all her objections and the creature’s frightened squeal). Jacob at first doesn’t believe anything Maisie tries to convince him of, regarding the sea beast – he trusts his own experiences and his eyes, and thinks it’s just another heartless sea creature like the hundreds he has seen before. It’s only when Red proves herself different by saving their lives that he starts to change his mind about her, but even then, he refuses to be sentimental. He both shows good Fe and a lack of independent morals through part of the story – he easily rouses people at the start, talks about their obligation to other people (the code binds us to all who came before and all who will come after—we must help them!). He gets the crew to work together by pumping them up, encouraging them, and giving camaraderie. He cares about Maisie even though he has no real attachment to her, and refuses to hand her over to the captain after she severs the line, saving Red and the ship at the same time. And yet, when he falls back in with the captain, despite having spent time with Red and seeing her compassion, he refuses to stand up for her or go against his crew mates, until at last when at the king’s court, he sees that he has no choice but to stand on his newfound principles; and when he does, he parrots back something Maisie said to him, about you can be a hero and still be wrong. He is skeptical of anything he cannot prove or see with his own two eyes, and rolls them often at Maisie and her rapid intuitive conclusions about the sea creatures and their intentions. It’s only after he spends time with her that he starts to envision a different future for them together, living a quiet life as a family.
Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp
Jacob is confident but also adaptable. He often goes along with his sea captain and attempts to find common ground, rather than defy him. His tendency to adapt to fit new circumstances makes him charming, easily liked by the crew, and flexible, but also causes him to temporarily abandon his principles when he reunites with his ship and goes along with his captain’s desire to capture Red and take her home to kill her in front of the king and queen. He is ambitious and looks forward to captaining a ship of his own one day, and is proud of how he is represented in books (he makes it a point to say the books are wrong; he didn’t kill four beasts in a few days, but five!). His 2 wing adopts Maisie easily and looks after her, protecting her like a father even when she doesn’t want him to, feeding her on the island and keeping her out of trouble, and then seeing it as his duty and responsibility to stand up to his former captain and intervene on behalf of Red. He has a strong sense of duty and obligation to protect others and look after their welfare, even when it means going against others.
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