Functional Order: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Judging Functional Axis:

Introverted Thinking (Ti) / Extroverted Feeling (Fe)

Townsend is a rational man, who never acts without tremendous thought and much consideration. He initially refuses to become a spy since he sees no use in becoming one – it would endanger himself and his father, and he has no great moral “stake” involved. But then, after a raid on his father that also injures the man leaves him dissatisfied with the British, the quiet, inward-reflective man becomes a spy. He puts far more thought into his involvement than any of the others, choosing his own spy name and rejecting the one given to him, and rationally weighing each time he places an “advertisement” that alerts Caleb to his new information. In a low Fe way, he does not emotionally engage with anyone in his line of work, but is pleasant and pretends to be “on their side” in order to gain information, at one instance walking into their midst bearing gifts of “on the house” alcohol since “you gentlemen have been at this all day, you must be in need of libation.” Townsend goes unnoticed for a long time, despite dealing in vital information, because he is so convincing in his authentic role as a Quaker, a businessman, and… someone who ambiguously never says directly he supports the king but also never says he doesn’t. Townsend mostly adheres strongly to his Quaker beliefs, but does make exceptions at times (he carries a gun for his protection, and punches Caleb in retribution for the attack on his father). His father convinces him to support the cause with the reminder that they must serve ‘a higher calling than merely ourselves.’ He manages to fake friendship several times, including being warm and welcoming to Simcoe.

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Extroverted Intuition (Ne) / Introverted Sensing (Si)

Though Woodhull gives him only bits and pieces of evidence of being a spy (such as Townsend walking in on him one day using a candle to ‘burn’ the invisible ink into a boiled egg), Townsend forms a strong suspicion of his true purpose in the city – and steals one of his eggs to test his theory. He then trades abstract banter with Woodhull over a board game, in which they discuss his potential as an informant, in terms of the game they are playing. Though initially refusing of this risk, Townsend also bids Abe to ‘come again,’ implying he will further consider it. Several times, his Ne causes him to waffle on whether or not to continue serving the cause. He does, when he thinks the British did his father wrong; he doesn’t, after he finds out Caleb was behind the attack; he does, when he realizes they intend to trap Washington. Several times, he manages to figure out what the British intend to do, based on limited pieces of information, and at one point, his warning comes just in time to prevent a disaster. Townsend seems Si-ishly content with his life. It is a quiet one, full of books, study, reflection, and managing a tavern. He is meticulous in how he constructs his spy information, and in being rid of the evidence when he feels at risk of exposure.

Enneagram: 6w5 social

Townsend does not want to involve himself in the war to the risk to his personal safety, that of his father, and also to their business, but is not above profiting off the British that pass in and out of his tavern / inn. He is skeptical of Abe’s intentions and wants to know why he should pick a side. He is not easily persuaded, since he intends to analyze and challenge things before he accepts them. Though a man of firm moral convictions based on his belief system, he is not your ‘average’ Quaker, due to his willingness to defend himself, to carry a weapon, and to protect himself and others, showing that he has analyzed and found fault with certain ‘rules’ within his beliefs. He is logical and risk-adverse, in that way, being the spy least willing to risk exposure. He conceals his true identity carefully, and insists on a short chain of information. He chooses his own false identity and does not want many within Washington’s camp to know it. When things become too heated in town, he takes trips into the country and/or admits to thinking of selling and moving somewhere else in less turmoil. After Benedict Arnold and Simcoe start asking questions about a spy in his tavern, he destroys all the evidence of his involvement in the hope of evading discovery. His 5 wing makes him withdrawn, quiet, and unassuming. He has no wife or children. He tends to spend much of his free time reading books, and living in total secrecy, sharing almost no information with anyone even before he becomes a spy. His 6 is also warm, amiable, and easily makes him likable.

Suggested Tritype: 612 The Supporter [6w5 1w2 2w1]

Turn: Washington’s Spies Reviews: Season One (2014), Season Two (2015), Season Three (2016), Season Four (2017).