Cadfael: Hugh Beringer [ISTP 5w6]

Functional Order: Ti-Se-Ni-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Hugh is a fair-minded but logical man, who once he gets his teeth into something, refuses to let go. He and Cadfael are both friends, and yet clash at various points throughout the series, because of Hugh’s need to understand everything, his tendency to aggressively question Cadfael, and his logical mindset. It makes sense in his mind to turn over gold to King Stephen, to find and hang murderers for him, and to stop traitors from escaping into Wales. At one point, he even threatens to hurt Cadfael before the monk can burn a list that would incriminate a bunch of traitors—but Cadfael knows it’s a bluff and tests his mettle. He has a lower Fe sense of moral justice, but can also at times prove unscrupulous – he employs various tactics to threaten people or scare them into cooperating with his investigations. He is not highly aware of his emotional state or concerned with anyone else’s.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)

Good with a sword and quick to act, Hugh doesn’t hesitate to involve himself in local affairs. He assesses people based on what he sees of them, and the conclusions their actions suggest to him, which often means he focuses too much on what’s in front of his eyes and not enough on the larger picture. He kills an opponent (though he does not intend to) in a swordfight, when he challenges him to a duel to prove his guilt. He becomes irritated at Cadfael, because he assumed he saw everything the monk did at the water, when in reality, Cadfael deceived him (“I let the bag slip ever so slowly back into the water; I had this saddlebag already in the boat”). He has good instincts, however, and often knows if Cadfael is attempting to deceive him, or if someone is lying to him.

Enneagram: 5w6 self-preservation

Hugh remains ruthlessly objective in many of their cases together, but is not without a heart. He trusts his own logic above anyone else’s, but asks countless questions as he digs into the root of the matter—and he does not trust anyone easily, even his “old friend” Cadfael. They are suspicious of one another upon their first meeting, and Hugh is so secretive, withdrawn, and concealed in his intentions, the audience does not know whether they can trust him or his motives. But as time goes on, he proves a somewhat ruthless but objective individual. His 6 wing, however, warms him up at times, makes him more interested in treating Cadfael as a friend and partner (though they often wind up on different sides of issues, when it comes to Hugh’s loyalty to King Stephen).

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