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Pride and Prejudice | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University explains the main characters in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice | Characters

Character Description Traits
Elizabeth Bennet Elizabeth, also known as Lizzy, is the second oldest of the five Bennet sisters and a keen observer of the personalities that interact in her social circle. Read More witty, lively, confident
Fitzwilliam Darcy Darcy, or Mr. Darcy, is a wealthy and proud man who initially seems aloof and snobbish but is ultimately proven to be an honorable and generous person. Read More proud, sincere
Jane Bennet Jane Bennet, Elizabeth's confidante, is the eldest and loveliest of the five Bennet girls and also the most kind-hearted and trusting. Read More gentle, trusting
Mr. Bennet Mr. Bennet is a member of the lesser gentry. He has a biting wit and little interest in the emotional needs of his wife and five unmarried daughters. Read More disengaged, mocking
Charles Bingley Charles Bingley, the son of a wealthy industrialist, is Mr. Darcy's best friend. When he leases the estate of Netherfield, he sets the novel's plot in motion. Read More pleasant, well-meaning, pliant
Lydia Bennet Lydia, the youngest Bennet daughter, is immature, self-absorbed, and irresponsible. Read More immature, impulsive
George Wickham George Wickham is a militia officer, a handsome gold digger who ends up running off with and marrying Lydia Bennet. Read More dishonest, charming
Mrs. Bennet Mrs. Bennet is the frivolous wife of Mr. Bennet. The mother of five daughters, her primary concern is to find suitable—that is, wealthy—husbands for her children. shallow, talkative, unsophisticated
Charlotte Lucas Charlotte is Elizabeth's dear friend. She is more pragmatic than romantic and is willing to marry for security rather than love. kind, practical
Catherine Bennet Catherine, also known as Kitty, is the fourth Bennet daughter. She especially enjoys joining her younger sister in flirting with soldiers. lively, easygoing
Mary Bennet Mary Bennet, the middle daughter, is less lively than her sisters and prefers to distinguish herself through accomplishments, like reading and practicing piano. bookish, serious, pedantic
Caroline Bingley Miss Bingley is Charles's sister, a social climber who is jealous of Elizabeth's hold on Darcy and unenthusiastic about her brother's attraction to Jane, a member of the lower end of the gentry class. insincere, plotting
Mr. Collins Mr. Collins, a clergyman and the Bennet cousin destined to inherit Longbourn, behaves like a pompous fool around everyone except aristocrats, whom he fawns over. pompous, foolish, obsequious
Lady Catherine de Bourgh Lady Catherine is a haughty noblewoman, Mr. Darcy's aunt, and the patron of Mr. Collins, having granted him the parish that provides his living. snobbish, self-assured, meddling
Mr. Gardiner A well-mannered example of the rising merchant class, Mr. Gardiner is Mrs. Bennet's brother. helpful, sensible
Mrs. Gardiner Mrs. Gardiner is Mrs. Bennet's sister-in-law and is very attentive to her five Bennet nieces. caring, gracious
Georgiana Darcy Georgiana, Mr. Darcy's sister and twelve years his junior, is a shy teenager and an accomplished musician. shy, sweet, impressionable
Sir William Lucas Sir William Lucas is a friend of the Bennet family, Charlotte Lucas's father, and resident of Lucas Lodge. He is an affable neighbor though a bit vain about his knighthood. friendly, vain
Mrs. Hurst Mrs. Hurst is Charles Bingley's sister. She is arrogant, conceited, and married to Mr. Hurst. arrogant, conceited
Mr. Hurst Mr. Hurst is Charles Bingley's brother-in-law. He looks like a gentleman but is in fact only interested in eating. indolent, preoccupied with food
Colonel Fitzwilliam Darcy's cousin and the younger son of an earl, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a congenial character who is evidently charmed by Elizabeth Bennet. friendly, honorable
Mrs. Philips Mrs. Philips, Mrs. Bennet's sister and every bit as frivolous, lives in the town of Meryton, where the Bennet girls frequently visit her. unsophisticated, gossipy
Mrs. Annesley Mrs. Annesley is companion to Georgiana, Darcy's younger sister. courteous
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