Arsenic and Old Lace: Mortimer Brewster [ENTP 7w6]

Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Mortimer has devoted his entire life to changing the world—through his words. He’s written entire books about how matrimony is an outdated sham, only to turn around and propose to the woman he loves. Once he returns home and pieces together the fact that his aunts are murderers, Mortimer instantly sees the broader implications of this event and takes immediate steps to correct them. (He knows they will not be able to get away with an insanity plea, due to being fully aware of what they are doing, decides to pin it on his crazy brother “Teddy” Roosevelt, and takes drastic steps to have him committed, so the law cannot touch any of them.) Mortimer is so preoccupied with this, he neglects all the physical details of absolutely everything. He forgets he just got married, he doesn’t notice he’s talking to his wife, he hangs up on her, he fails to get a doctor’s signature on the commitment papers, then doesn’t notice his brother signed a fake name. Mortimer forgets he has a cab waiting, and doesn’t even remember the man’s face. He’s oblivious to his physical environment, laughing and joking about a stupid play he saw, and not realizing Jonathan is using his cues to cut down a cord to bind him up and torture him.

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

His thinking is directed toward the logical implications of his aunt’s behaviors—he instantly thinks about prison and execution. Then he leaps toward a rational solution to their problems, which includes getting first his brother and then his aunts committed to a mental institution. He covers up their murders without a shred of conscience, although he lectures them on the “wrongness” of what they are doing. He has built so much of his life and reputation on being anti-marriage, he almost backs out of his nuptials out of fear a reporter will take his picture. Mortimer is free and easy with his emotional expressions and easily tells others how he is feeling, showing everything on his face and in his extreme reactions. He lashes out, tells people to shut up, and then feels bad for upsetting someone and dials it back.

Enneagram: 7w6 self-preservation

Mortimer has built his entire life around the motivations of a 7 – afraid of marital commitment, evasive, pleasure-seeking, and pain-avoiding. He is witty, charming, and fun-loving, but as the story unfolds he leans more and more heavily into his 6 wing. He’s fearful of the consequences of his discovery, and desperate to do something about it, so he launches into action to correct it, through taking charge. He is running on anxiety and worried about the broader implications of their actions—fearful of the police figuring out the truth, worried about Jonathan’s presence in the house, and fretting over the potential consequences of covering up a dozen murders. Mortimer made a career out of questioning the usual methods of society and standing against them.

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