Jane Eyre: Edward Rochester [ENTJ]

Functional Order: Te-Ni-Se-Fi

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

Edward is highly detached and rational, always choosing immediate solutions to his problems – when he discovers his wife has gone crazy, he brings her back to Thornfield and hires a  private nurse to provide well for her, in a safe environment (rather than dumping her in an asylum, something his low Fi is principled enough to find reprehensible). He has developed a rather cynical view of life, through his own experiences and is extremely blunt, gruff, even insulting. He has little appreciation for kind words and can be “brutish” in his demands. He states the facts about Adelle in front of her (calling her a spoiled, wretched child, asserting the truth that he is not her father, just the first fool her mother found who would take an abandoned, unwanted waif). Edward comes up with a plan to provoke Jane’s jealousy and force her into feeling passion for the first time. He also admittedly has selfish inferior Fi – he tries to convince Jane to abandon her principles and live with him outside of wedlock; he says he will “have her” and damns anyone who tries to stand in his way. Later on, he grows into a more mature philosophy in realizing if he had taken Jane and stripped away her innocence, he would not have loved her truly.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

He needs very little time to “figure out” Jane, asking her a few pertinent questions and piecing together the truth about her in only a short time – knowing she has never felt love or jealousy, and how he can manipulate her into revealing her feelings. He appears, early on, to visualize what he wants (her) and follows a deliberate set of events to make it happen – it only fails because his brother-in-law shows up to stop it. He also spends a lot of time in a Se loop. Edward lives very much for the moment. In his youth, Richard Mason and his father “tricked” Edward into falling in love with a beautiful woman for her wealth – trapping him in a life of enslavement to a crazy woman (“insanity ran like a river through her family”). Edward abandoned her at Thornfield (to a good caretaker) and has traveled the world sense, in search of common pleasures. He has often reacted instantly, such as when he learned Adelle’s mother was cheating on him and he “put a bullet” in her lover. Edward is quite drawn to extravagance – he wants to lavish Jane with presents once she agrees to marry him, and decides to marry her, though it may cause serious later consequences (if she ever found out, she would hate him; and he could go to prison for bigamy). Edward can also be naïve about the dangers involved in his actions. Bertha slips out of her room on two or three separate occasions –rattling Jane’s doorknob, attacking her brother, and once, setting fire to his room) and still he does not perceive her as an actual threat.

Enneagram: 8w7 self-preservation

Edward can be a bully. He pushes people – hard. He’s also hedonistic and wants the most out of life. He chases pleasure and wants instant gratification. He has little tolerance for weakness, and likes Jane because she refuses to let him cow her. She stands up to him. She tells him the truth to his face. Edward has a brutal assessment of people, often talking down to Adelle and/or likening her to a “worthless creature.” He finds it difficult to be vulnerable, and must dominate Jane and force her to admit to her soft feelings first. Once she threatens to leave him, he begs her to stay with him, to go away with him, to live in sin with him… or to just stay friends. He can be quite physical with her. His 7 wing pulls him away from his sorrows into indulgences – he roams the world, staying rarely at home (where the source of his pain resides) until he finds comfort in Jane.