When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon - men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who’s achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more. (Amazing Grace, 2007)


 - And still, after all the badges, the petitions, all the speeches and the bills, ships full of human souls in chains sail around the world as cargo!
 - …
 - I’m sorry. This is why I shouldn’t talk about it.
 - I think you should.
 - …

 - There. We’ve found something we disagree on.

Barbara Ann Wilberforce (née Spooner)

(24 December 1771 - 21 April 1847)

“Amasing Grace” (2006)

Romola Garai


Amazing Grace: Barbara Spooner [ENFP]

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): gathering ideas from the outside world, reading between the lines

Introverted Feeling (Fi): the need to remain true to one’s personal beliefs, no desire to negotiate

Extroverted Thinking (Te): taking swift, judgmental action, to change events in the world around them

Introverted Sensing (Si): remembrance of and comparison to past experiences and learned information

Barbara Spooner is a woman of forward-thinking ideas, quick to envision a newer and better world (Ne). Her dreamy and idealistic nature (Ne) caused her to latch onto a cause she felt strongly about (Fi) and take action among her friends to make things happen (Te); convincing them of abolition, supporting the sugar boycott, etc. Barbara holds strong opinions and isn’t afraid to voice them (Fi-Te); she resents their friends trying to match her up with Wilberforce, but her own affection for him (Fi) makes her soften with time.

She is an encouraging enforce in her husband’s life, but also driven to make a difference in practical ways (Te). Barbara doesn’t linger in the past but does cling to fond memories of the different times she has participated in the abolition movement, and her childhood memories of Wilberforce’s speeches (Si).