The Aviator: Katherine Hepburn [ESTJ 1w2]

Function Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Katherine is incredibly straightforward, from the moment Howard first meets her – she sizes him up and sums up the Hollywood scene in frank terms – as soon as you get too old, or they don’t know what to do with you, you’re “dead,” and “box office poison.” Oh well, she deems, we must get on with our lives, mustn’t we? She believes that the theater is preferable to the cinema, because it’s more “real” and she can better connect to the audience and innovate as she goes. She also thinks many people are shallow, because there are “more important things to discuss than movies,” such as the threat of Mussolini. She’s quite political and opinionated, and also doesn’t believe in beating around the bush with difficult conversations – “It’s best to just come out and say it.” She is quite fond of her family and falls back into her old routines the minute she gets home, takes an interest in everyone they know and what’s been going on around the place. Katherine enjoys bantering with her family around the dinner table, but also forgot to warn Howard about how they can be – combative, fast-moving conversations, and intense opinions, due to her lower Fi not remembering to factor in his feelings when introducing him to her family.

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Katherine complains that movies have gotten so dirty in Hollywood, and they are “too violent” when remarking on how times have changed. She has a matter-of-fact way of addressing problems as they arise, and doesn’t beat around the bush when talking to Howard about the fact that she has fallen in love with somebody else. When she has been smoozing out in public, she feels bad about having left Howard on his own and not taken better care of him and apologizes for it, as if she feels bad for having drawn attention away from him to her own self. Her 2 wing is prominent in how carefully she looks after and cares for Howard during their relationship; she wants to be the center of his world, and takes good care of him in return – looking after his physical needs, helping him deal with his panic attacks, and trying to smooth the way for him with other actors, producers, and even her own family. But she needs to be needed, and when she feels neglected, goes in search of love somewhere else. She’s also very angry about what she feels are the violations of the press, such as sending reporters to take photos of her family at her brother’s funeral (“there’s no decency to it!” she huffs). She also calls herself a vain, preening idiot.

The African Queen: Rose Sayer [ENTJ 1w2]

Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Rose is much more pragmatic than her brother; when hearing about the German invasion, she suggests they leave immediately. Despite being overwrought with his death, when Charlie arrives, she agrees to his prompt burial to avoid the body stinking up in the heat. On the boat, she hears the challenges facing them, and rationalizes appropriate conclusions—for them to make a propeller out of what they have on hand, to create a billows and weld the pieces together, to create torpedoes over what is stored in the boat (she asks Charlie if they have all the components to blow up a German ship). When seeing Charlie’s need to continually mess with the engine due to a screwdriver dropped inside it, she asks him why he didn’t just take it apart and “remove it.” Her emotions are firm and resolute, but somewhat out of control; she is offended by being called a skinny old maid. And when she falls in love, it is head over heels, to an irrational degree, with no thought for her own survival.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

In Charlie’s eyes, her idea about sailing up an impassable river to a lake to torpedo an enemy ship with hand-made torpedoes is just plain nuts… and yet, her stalwart conviction in her vision carries them forward. And what’s even crazier, she was right about everything. They did forge the rapids. They did create torpedoes. They did blow up an enemy ship. The journey there activates her tert-Se – rather than being terrified after surviving the first rapids, Rosie is excited and stimulated. She confesses she has rarely felt such excitement. She impulsively wants to learn to steer, jumps in the water to help Charlie fix the propeller, walks through leech-infested waters to drag the boat further into the swamp, and recklessly tells the enemy captain everything so she and Charlie can “hang together.”

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Rosie is nothing if not proper. She continues to wear appropriate garments in the jungle, even though it is over a hundred degrees outside. She frowns on Charlie’s drinking and drunkenness, and dumps his gin overboard the first chance she gets. She tells him that offends her less than his “breaking of a promise,” with the implication that she holds him to his word. She refuses to speak to him again until he agrees to do what he promised. As the adventure goes on, we see her moving to 7 integration – letting down her hair, being stirred by adventure, abandoning her rigidity, and having fun. Her 2 wing is eager to help in whatever way she can, especially after she has fallen in love. She wants to be his assistant, and does small things like launder his clothes and bring him tea, allow him to sleep in, and takes her turn in the water.