“And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!”
My take on some of the Last Unicorn characters. So far I’ve gotten the Unicorn, Shmendrick the Magician, Molly Grue and Mama Fortuna. I’ll do more characters because the story of this novel/movie is one of my top favorites. I sometimes wish I’m able to make my own animated adaptation of it.
Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Molly is an open, caring, people-centered woman who is quick to serve and connect with those around her, whether it’s her travelling companions or the inhabitants of Haggard’s castle. She is emotionally intelligent, which makes her a good judge of character and quick to pick up on the emotional atmosphere. Her understanding of people enables her to help and inspire them (giving Lir advice on winning over Amalthea, appealing to Schmendrick to save the unicorn), but she can just as easily pick someone’s insecurities to ridicule them (mocking Captain Cully by calling him a fraud and a coward, teasingly asking Schmendrick if he had intended to keep the unicorn in a cage). She is also prone to moralize at others and call them out on their wrongs (Schmendrick changing the unicorn into a human, Amalthea’s cruelty to Lir, the people of Hagsgate for abandoning baby Lir to die). She doesn’t hesitate to express herself and does so easily and readily. She’s honest and isn’t one to fake anything she doesn’t feel.
Introverted Intuition (Ni): Molly is good seeing what isn’t immediately apparent. She’s comfortable with reading between the lines and gets to the heart of the matter. Often her intuitions hit the nail right on the head without her even realizing it, such as when she identifies Schmendrick upon meeting him (“I don’t like the look of him. Slit his wizard”) and asks the people of Hagsgate if they had ever seen a unicorn. A dreamer by nature, Molly loves the romantic and believes in the fantastical—she’s one of the only people who can see the unicorn as she truly is. Her romantic tendencies likely also explain her angry outburst at the unicorn when they first encounter each other—she had dreamed of meeting one when she was young, but was old and hardened when one finally came to her, which to her was the least romantic way it could have happened.
Extroverted Sensing (Se): Molly has a certain amount of practicality and can function well enough in the real world. She takes care of the domestic work for the bandits and later for Haggard, though it’s hinted that this isn’t exactly her forte (Cully mentions she was mediocre at weaving, and she’s an “indifferent seamstress”). Her love of Robin Hood stories seems to stem partly from her longing for adventure and excitement. When she hears that Schmendrick and the unicorn are on a quest, she quickly invites herself along without any sign of trepidation. (However, “I had some things I wanted to take, but they don’t matter now. I’m ready,” seems to imply some amount of Ni’s planning ahead. Molly might not be as spur of the moment as she appears.)
Introverted Thinking (Ti): All of Molly’s questions deal with the “how” and “why” of things. She is curious and seeks to understand the world around her. She’s also unwilling to give up when confronted when a problem and insists on finding a way to solve it instead, though she usually has difficulty coming up with the solution herself and looks to Schmendrick (such as saving the unicorn from the Red Bull). As her lowest function, Ti is mostly used to support her Fe reasoning, and most of her insight comes from Ni’s observations, not Ti’s logical analysis.
Note: Though this is mostly based off the movie, I used some events and descriptions from the book (italicized) to get a fuller picture of her character.