Functional Order: Ne-Ti-Fe-Si
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)
Dido tells her “Papa” that “you ignore the rules of society when it suits you,” and it’s true, he invites a half-black child into their home in a time of extreme racism, treats her just as well as her white cousin, and gives her all the accomplishments her position demands, despite knowing she will have no marital prospects – any man higher than her will take an interest in her for wicked reasons, and she cannot lower herself to marry a man of lower status. By the time we see him, he is something of a disillusioned idealist – a man who, as his wife recalls, entered the law “ready to change the world,” but ran up against it, and has capitulated to the “worthlessness” of his attempts to inflict change. But we do see his Ne indecision when he tackles a case before him at the Supreme Court, in which he leaves London hanging for months while he meticulously considers both sides, the massive impact his ruling will have on everything from London commerce to abolition, and finds himself torn with indecision about what the right thing is to do for everyone involved. He has entered a low Si tone of “apathy” in terms of doubting he can make change happen, while in the process being oblivious to the fact that his one decision CAN change things. He ignores the evidence right in front of him (Dido, what she means to him, what he feels about her, and what that says of slavery) in favor of attempting to be “logical.”
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
Though a logical man, Lord Mansfield is also a sensitive one. He is aware of the reality of Dido’s situation and its plausibility within the outside world, enough to warn her off disadvantageous relationships. He is blunt with her, in reminding her of her place within society and the hardships the color of her skin will impose upon her, and genuinely shocked when she sees his detachment as meaning a “lack of love.” He stares at her for a moment, baffled that his logical answers could translate to that in her mind, and then reminds her that no, she is “much loved. Much cherished.” Moreover, he feels a sense of duty to abide by the societal rules of the time, even though he hates them – he would have her eat dinner with them, but society won’t allow it, so she cannot when company is present. Lord Mansfield has become lazy in using that as an excuse – he can’t change it, “rules are here to protect us,” and society “has its purpose.” But as the story unfolds, he finds his true Fe desire to change the world for the better, and for everyone, and flouts convention and social expectations to pass a humanitarian ruling for the abolitionist movement. He overcomes his prejudice against John, and makes it possible for him to become a barrister, so his status is “high enough” for him and Dido to marry.
Enneagram: 3w2 social
Lord Mansfield became a judge out of ambition and a desire to accomplish great things, but has sunken into a 9ish sort of apathy due to his failure – he reached the highest court in the land, only to find out he had to compromise, rule against his better judgment, and capitulate to laws he didn’t much like, in order to stay there. In turn, he has become unmotivated and slow, falling into 9ish disintegration, but at the same time, maintaining his strong 3 emphasis on “how things look.” It’s this which gives him his pride and won’t let him hear much criticism, of himself, his policies, their stance on slavery, or much else. He will not tolerate insubordination or rudeness, and position matters very much to him … but his 2 wing makes him forgiving, generous-hearted, kind to Dido, and even willing to help John become important enough to ask for her hand in marriage, once he knows they love each other.