Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te
Judging Functional Axis:
Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Milo’s strong sense of ethical judgments, based on what is right and wrong, drives every decision he makes, from his desire to protect and save Cassia to his refusal to ride off and leave her to face the consequences of him stealing the horse out of the barn. She urges him to save himself, and he thinks instantly “What will become of you?” He persists in making emotional decisions, throughout the events that follow – choosing time and again to try and save her, at great personal cost to himself, when he might have escaped a dozen times. He forms a quick attachment to her on an emotional level that sustains him. Milo has a pragmatic lower Te. When faced with certain death in the arena, he chooses someone to persuade to help him mount a resistance, by motivating all the chained up gladiators to fight together. (All so that he can throw a spear at the man he most hates.) He also decides to end a horse’s suffering by putting it out of its misery, and does so in a compassionate way. Milo’s primary drive is revenge for the deaths of his families and he is not particularly concerned with “how” he will make this happen. He just knows that somehow… he will.
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Extroverted Sensing (Se) / Introverted Intuition (Ni)
He is extremely aware of the possibilities in his external environment, and uses them to his advantage in all his fights. He steals horses, snaps chains, slices through gladiators, and very nearly kills the senator with a spear. He is quick to leap into action, for immediate results. He remembers his past intently, but prefers to focus on the facts of it. He can be impulsive, which leads him into punishment on several occasions (riding away with Cassia for fun, snapping the Roman eagle and threatening the senator with it). His Ni shows up in gut instinct. Milo uses it to read people, he uses it to grasp how to calm down horses, and to get a feeling that things are not what they seem. He warns Atticus that Rome will never allow him to leave victorious – and he is right. He senses the intentions of the senator before he reveals them. He also feels a mystical kinship toward horses, as if he can understand them, and forms that same bond with Cassia.
Enneagram: 9w8 self-preservation
Milo has “gone to sleep” to himself, in the sense that he merely exists as a motivation for revenge… he manages to numb himself to the horrible things he must do in the arena (killing people) in order to stay alive long enough to avenge his loved ones. But given the chance to be true to himself, we see him for the compassionate man he is – one willing to put a horse out of its misery rather than let it suffer, to take a whipping for a woman he barely knows, because he lied to protect her, and who would risk anything to help and protect and save her when all hell breaks loose in Pompeii. Milo puts her first in his thoughts (he cannot run away, they would punish her for letting him go). At first, he doesn’t align himself with anyone, as a method of self-protection, but then makes friends. His 8 wing comes out in aggression – he can be ruthless in the arena, he has a violent temper when roused, he throws a spear at the senator though he knows it will earn him punishment, and has no problem physically beating people up.