Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Clara is the ultimate consummate performer for an audience; she knows what each person is most likely to respond to, and becomes that – being helpful and meek, even submissive about Lady Denham; being seductive and a schemer around Sir Edward; being strong and forceful around Esther; and being pitiable and a victim for innocent young Charlotte. She plays on the emotions around her, from gaining sympathy to manipulating people and taunting Esther with the knowledge of what her impulsivity has wrought. And, she’s exceptionally good at it, because she so easily connects to other people. Clara figures things out as she goes, and does not put much thought into whether or not her desire to mock and manipulate Esther could potentially backfire, showing her low propensity for Ti rationality.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
She is insightful and even wise, at times, for her age, such as at the end when she reasons that she still has a chance at success in life, but Sir Edward has lost all but his name. She also, instinctively, knows which of her cards to play with people. But Clara more often shows Se-driven opportunism, as she acts on her impulses. Afraid Lady Denham may send her away, and prevent her a chance at an inheritance, she burns her arm on a public bath, thus trumping up sympathy for herself. To seal the deal of a shared inheritance with Sir Edward, she first proposes they burn the will, and then has sex with him on the hearth. After which, she instantly rethinks her actions and comes up with blackmail material (telling about his incestuous relationship with his stepsister) to keep him in line. Elsewhere, she uses sexual manipulations to control him and quickly tries to save face when Charlotte sees them.
Enneagram: 3w2 social
Clara is an ambitious, driven social climber who will let nothing stand in her way of a massive inheritance. She becomes whatever she has to be, to succeed, and does not mind changing her emotions in the process – but like many 3s, she cannot be thwarted, undermined, or undone. She somehow manages to come out on top, until Lady Denham unravels her scheme and disinherits both her and Sir Edward. Clara manages to keep her cool even then, and remains distant from her feelings. She doesn’t even show pain when Esther digs her fingernails into her injured arm, just to prove to her that she’s formidable. Her 2 wing is seductive and intent on “earning” her inheritance by putting up with and/or assisting people. She tends to get angry when her “kindness” are not reciprocated with financial stability.