Functional Order: Fi-Ne-Si-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Vera is very self-contained and concerned with her own safety. She makes instant judgments on other people (she tells Philip Lombard she doubts he ever feels truly sorry for anything, and he tells her that’s correct) but does not always share them. Though she shows shock and contempt about how Emily Brent treats “the help,” Vera does not correct her or attempt to moralize her into better behavior. She merely shows the woman kindness instead. She has a dual layer of complexity to her, because she can be kind, compassionate, and helpful – but also manipulative, self-serving, and treacherous. She murdered a child by letting him drown, so the man she loved could inherit his fortune – and marry her! What a beautiful Te solution to his lack of money! She can be logical and exacting at times, but prefers to operate on hunches and her connections to other people (thinking for herself, but also forming an alliance with Philip).
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
She sees the intuitive potential of a situation at once – finding out her fiance would inherit a vast fortune if a child was out of the way, Vera instantly starts scheming how to get that for herself – dreaming also about her future as a rich wife. On the island, she’s the first one to connect the figures on the table to the poem on the wall – something no one else sees at first, because they bear no resemblance to “little soldiers.” She reasons they are being hunted. She connects their deaths to the missing figurines… but she suspects everyone. She thinks fast and adapts easily, using the judge for protection and then Philip, then using the doctor’s death as an excuse to get the gun away from him. She notices things that no one else does, such as the figurines going missing from the table. She figures out the truth of Philip pretty fast (that he’s a narcissist who always gets what he wants). She tries to reason her way out of death by assuring the murderer that she could convince the jury of their innocence, since it worked the last time.
Enneagram: 3w2 sx/sp
Vera’s main motivation for murder was social climbing. She realized it would profit the man she loved and that she would then be his wealthy wife; she expected to look after the house after its owner left it, and was surprised when he abandoned her for murder. Once she enters the house, she starts adapting to the situation and filling in the needs of those around her, right down to insisting on her usefulness when she’s facing her own death… by offering to help him and taking pride in how she got everyone to believe her before. Her 2 wing helps her with this. She integrates into the group as a secretary, willing to serve, then falls into helping others easily – showing kindness to the servants, and acting as one (bringing everyone else tea, cooking the meals, etc) when the servants wind up dead. Under stress, she disintegrates into 6. She is suspicious of others. She questions and distrusts everyone, while forming uneasy alliances that she second-guesses under pressure. She can be volatile and turns on Philip when she feels she cannot trust him.