Crossbones: Kate Balfour [ESTJ 1w2]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

The first time we meet Kate, she is ordering around the men on the dock and assessing what is worth keeping, trading, and selling. She is so efficient at this, Blackbeard has put her in charge of all incoming shipments, entrusts her to make supply runs to another island, and gives her a certain amount of power. Kate is reluctant to do business with Tom because he can’t afford t pay her high prices – when he complains about them, she points out that they are on an island, which means everything is in limited supply, which has driven up the prices. She is quite blunt and factual, pointing out that he can go without or trade with her. But she also loans him things, in the assumption that he might pay her back later, and that she is making an ‘investment.’ Kate has adapted to her new life, since she broke her husband out of a Scottish prison and fled with him, but also thinks a little wistfully of their previous life at home. She mostly focuses on the here and now and what needs done, relying on her knowledge and familiarity with other people to make decisions. She warns Tom that he cannot trust Blackbeard and that he would as soon cut someone’s throat as turn his back on them; she assumes it’s safe to trade with a priest because she has done it dozens of times before, and notices what is ‘different’ this time – that his boy has taken too long to return with the coffee, which tips her off to this being a trap. She’s also traditional in that even though she cheats on her husband, she believes she should stay with him, that she should behave honorably in taking care of him, and that she owes him ‘being there’ – even though her poor Fi doesn’t assume the emotional implications of many of her decisions. She feels humbled that he has forgiven her the affair once she knows he has found out. She also clashes with Tom multiple times in which she harshly judges him for being disloyal and ‘false’ – she doesn’t like it that he has deceived her, proven himself to be someone false, and that he would leave others behind and escape with her.

Enneagram: 1w2 sx/sp

Even though Kate’s behaviors are at times immoral (she goes behind her husband’s back and has an unapologetic affair), her conflicts with Tom revolve around him misleading her (and her being angry about it), his lack of honor in picking and defending a side (she has firm views on right and wrong, and leaving her husband would be wrong), and in doing what she sees is right, even if it goes against the prevailing attitudes of the time – she has sided with a bunch of pirates who welcomed her and gave her a life among them, and feels it would be immoral to abandon them all to death or to betray them. She is often angry and short-tempered, but also places a tremendous amount of importance on being ‘needed’ by her husband, and subjecting her behavior to her strong belief of what would be right by him. She won’t leave him, because leaving a cripple would be the wrong thing to do; but she also needs to be loved, needed, and wanted, and temporarily follows her heart and physical needs to Tom.

Upstairs Downstairs: Persephone Towyn [ESFP 7w6]

Function Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Percy throws herself into whatever catches her interest, and loses herself in the moment, from joining a pro-Nazi movement in London and turning up in the middle of a protest to participate in a march that becomes a riot, to becoming the mistress of a high-ranking official in Berlin. She looks for ways to find men who will do things for her, through her ability to seduce them. Percy joins the Nazi movement to appeal to Spargo, and because it is a new and exciting thing to take part of, somewhere to “belong.” But when their Jewish maid sees her among the protesters, Percy feels ashamed of herself… just not ashamed enough to give up her pursuit of a pleasurable lifestyle as the mistress of a high-ranking Nazi official. She “moves up” from Spargo to him, then comes running home, with child when things get dangerous in Berlin for her. In her rebelliousness, Percy attaches herself to men who can provide for her, with no thought for other people in their life, even setting out to seduce her sister’s husband when he shows her kindness after her abortion. She enjoys sleeping with the chauffer and is excited at the idea that “someone might catch them,” because it would “really offend my sister” (and she considers that provocation desirable, because she cannot stand her). When she returns from Germany pregnant, Percy has the child aborted, and then refuses to let her brother-in-law call an ambulance since, as she reminds him, it is illegal and could get her thrown into prison. A true fashion plate, Percy at first doesn’t want the maid looking through her things because they are “shabby,” and then tosses a mink coat in the river to make a point when she leaves her lover. She can be self-absorbed and even cruel in her remarks to other people, since she says whatever is on her mind and enjoys mocking them for her amusement. Percy is not capable of dealing with her mistakes and chooses to kill herself, to avoid them.

Enneagram: 7wcp6 sp/sx

Percy wants to live a life of pleasure without any consequences, and to be provocative while she does it. She can also be headstrong, rebellious, and a brat. She trots off to Germany to have adventures, sleep around with men, drink to excess, and partake of pleasures in high society, fully confident that she will be perfectly safe while doing it… on the verge of a massive war. When Hallam turns up in Berlin and tries to convince her to come home, Percy laughs in his face—and kisses him before she waltzes up the street in her expensive shoes. Then she calls up a few months later begging for her sister’s husband to rescue her. She flits between being hedonistic, irresponsible, and refusing to admit to any of her mistakes (denying them and sloughing them off on other people, and skipping out on relationships when they “get boring,” and not wanting to stick around through the hard work it takes to make them work), and being aggressive and provocative in order to “get whatever she wants.” She has no shame in pursuing her own self-interests. Deep down, she’s afraid and looking for someone to rescue her. She admits around Hallam, she feels “safe” and that appeals to her.

Going Postal: Adora Belle Dearheart [ESTJ 8w9]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

After Adora’s father loses his business, and her brother dies tending the Clacks, she methodically uses a process of elimination to figure out how to jam the Clacks, so she can sabotage the man responsible for ruining her family. She spends the rest of her time attempting to organize the Golems and advocate for their welfare. Adora sees Moist as “exploiting” and manipulating them, and will not stand for it. She is plainspoken, a woman of direct action who does not like Moist’s attempts to talk himself out of hot spots. That strikes her as refusing to take personal responsibility for his actions. She is an effective organizer of the outside world, collecting people and assigning them responsibilities, in her determination to bring down the villain. She is pleased by the end of the book to have her hands on the Clacks, and already has new ideas about implementing superior methods and turning a profit. (Moist teasingly says he’d love to get his hands on her “assets” and talk about a “merger,” but she is somewhat skeptical of the idea. She has no intention of yielding her power.) She devotes herself to tasks in the here and now, and ones that she knows can be successful given her personal experience. Adora goes through lines of Clack messages line by line, for months on end, without ever getting sick of it, to find a foolproof way to jam the machine. She keeps meticulous track of her progress, while she determines her intention of what to use the knowledge for (beyond just jamming them and causing them to go down, creating a loss of profit for the owner). She sees the Golems as being abused by society, and advocates for their rights, even though they do not “mind” helping humanity (it is their job, after all). Adora has general suspicions about Moist, but fails to draw the accurate conclusion (he ruined her father, because his scheme brought down their bank) until Moist tells her the truth. She has little tolerance for his general “nonsense” and “fool-hardy” plans.

Enneagram: 8w9 so/sp

Adora is a tough-talking, no-nonsense woman that… well, frankly everyone on the street fears. She threatens to put a stiletto heel through Moist’s foot into the floor if she doesn’t like what he has to tell her. Her anger is quick to flash to the surface and she does not hold it back. Like all somewhat healthy 8s, Adora does not like to see weaker things preyed upon, and takes a hard line with Moist over his treatment over the Golems. She sees them as weak and needing dominated for their own good. She also tames a horse that no one else can ride, because he knows she isn’t about to put up with his antics. Her 9 wing balances out the 8 and makes her less interested in adventures than in quietly, privately working through her issues and maintaining a sense of control over her environment.

Little Dorrit: Amy Dorrit [ISFJ 9w1]

Function Order: Si-Fe-Ti-Ne

Amy hates it when her entire life changes rapidly, and she must leave her former life behind for one full of frivolities. Unlike her siblings, she does not like to excess-spend money or adopt a haughtier attitude; she endures shame and verbal abuse from them for her inability to “adapt.” Amy confesses that she likes how things “used to be,” and wishes she could have their old life back – because it was more comforting to her; they were “happier” even though they were poorer. She likes to tend her own and her family member’s physical needs. She is a sweet, compassionate girl, often aware of her father’s humiliating haughtiness, begging for money, and his inappropriate social behaviors. She is quick to apologize on his behalf, and trust those who show her kindness. Amy is easily hurt by her vindictive relatives, but also tries to please them by being what they “need” her to be; she struggles between her desire to please them and to be honest, and frank about her feelings and thoughts. She is detached enough to know that her father and siblings’ behaviors are not correct, and to admit to them. She analyzes her own feelings and tries to brush aside anything she deems too fanciful or irrational. She is well spoken and her logic makes sense. Amy can sometimes leap to the wrong conclusions, or read something into a situation that isn’t the truth; she does not much wonder about her father’s circumstances or what wrong was done to him, nor does she engage in fanciful ideas. Amy, however, has a good insight into Arthur’s character and trusts him, as well as others; she dislikes / is suspicious of certain people, with good reason.

Enneagram: 9w1 sp/so

Amy spends most of her time appeasing her father, trying to keep the peace, and fretting when his aggressive tactics of getting money from people (as a 3) causes him and her embarrassment. She does not like conflict, and goes along with her family’s desires for her without complaint, feeling a strong sense of duty in her need to take care of them and cater to their needs (her 1 wing). She can be passive and not stand up for herself enough, seeking comfort in what is familiar and comfortable to her (the prison where she grew up, the people she loves most). She can become anxious and distrustful of others under stress (moving to 6). She finds herself most at home when she is serving and helping others – she is the first person to act “like a servant.” She LIKES to sew her father’s shirts. She wants to sew on Arthur’s button! Doing things for others makes her feel like she has a place in their lives; she hates being idle and “useless” and becomes frustrated with the life of a lady. She is self-reliant and protective of her loved ones, but also can be fiery when her boundaries are stepped over (she tells Arthur she wishes he would not interfere in things he knows nothing about, she is more forthcoming with her anger, and she has no interest in marriage unless it is with someone whom she forms a strong spark).

The Crown: Elizabeth II [ISTJ 9w1]

Function Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Given the choice of a lifestyle, Elizabeth would have decided upon being a horse woman – someone who breeds, races, and talks about them constantly. It is her one thing that she loves best and that absorbs much of her free time and attention. She knows more about horses than a great many people, and is most willing to open up to the idea of change when it somehow involves them (her visit to an American racing farm gives her lots of ideas about the future for their own stables). In other ways, she is modest, circumspect, fully present to the moment, and makes decisions based on past precedent and “duty.” She’s detached, trustworthy, and able to keep her head. Elizabeth is willing to go to great lengths to get what she wants, and use diplomatic channels and power plays to get it, through bartering and compromising. She worries that her education was insufficient for a leader, and hires a tutor to help her make up the difference. She pushes herself into exhaustion through a rigorous tour schedule, as part of a global tour, for political gain. Often, Cabinet members or Churchill can argue her into a new position using the facts, and rational approaches. More often than not, she puts aside “personal sentiment” for the good of “the crown.” When advising Margaret Thatcher, she says that it’s best not to create enemies right, front, and center, right away when you are in political office. She can also be stubborn in going after what she wants. Elizabeth wanted to marry Philip, when everyone else said no – and married Philip. She struggles mightily between her responsibilities as a monarch, and her strong belief that Margaret should have similar freedoms in her choice of a husband. She often asserts herself, but sometimes backs down when others argue precedent. Her torment about her marriage problems, Philip’s unhappiness, and the weight of the throne, remains a silent barrier with others. She can be frank, but doesn’t even hold her uncle’s insults against him (“You call me Shirley Temple… because of the curls?”). Once she does share her feelings, it’s without gushing, just a simple truth: “You’re the only one I’ve ever loved. Can you honestly say the same?” Though unhappy with some of the traditions that govern the crown, Elizabeth abides by them and expects other members of her household to do the same. She will push for a change and then step back when others seem too resistant toward it, or it seems too great a personal risk.

Enneagram: 9w1 sp/so

Elizabeth has a reputation for her steady, unflappable nature; she even manages to remain calm when she discovers a man has broken into her room to “talk to her” and only has a mini meltdown after he has been escorted out in handcuffs. She has repressed herself and her opinions steadily for decades, to become an idealized sovereign of “no views” and expects the same of her children. Philip says she has a staggering inability to know herself, as evidenced by his total awareness of which child is her favorite and her utter bafflement in being able to figure it out for herself (she must conduct interviews with each to re-assess their natures). She is often kind and affable, wanting her sister and her children to have what they want and need from others, but also failing to assert herself. She cannot go against precedent and insist on having the secretary she wants, so she passively but unhappily allows them to appoint someone else. She tells someone that they must do something unpleasant for her, because “I am too soft.” She is also principled, moralistic, disapproving of bad behavior, and duty-driven—and at times, she will give her husband, her children, or her relatives a stout “telling off” for any number of infractions. But when she’s upset with Margaret Thatcher, in a true 9 indirect form, she goes behind her back and complains about it, rather than confronting her in person.