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Characters

Meet the Cast

Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth Bennet may not look much like Frodo Baggins, but a ring is central to her quest, too. Marriage is the key to happiness—or at least that's what she hears from nearly everyone around her....

Mr. Darcy

A haughty landowner, Darcy doesn't see why he should bother with people who aren't as rich, educated, or sophisticated as he is. Still, the ladies love him. Last we checked, Facebook had over 400 g...

Jane Bennet

The oldest Bennet sister is Elizabeth's best friend and hopelessly in love with Charles Bingley—although she'd never admit it. She's also almost painfully naïve, someone who, as Lizzy says, "nev...

Mr. Bingley

Darcy's best friend is a nice guy, maybe (okay, definitely) even a little too nice. He's so nice that his friends can lead him around on a string—which obviously means that he's perfect for Jane....

Mr. Wickham

A seemingly perfect gentleman from a poor family, Wickham turns out to be the Bennet family's worst nightmare. (Although "Wickham" sounds so close to the word "wicked" that Austen gives half the ga...

Charlotte Lucas

Charlotte is Elizabeth Bennet's best friend. She's introduced as a "sensible, intelligent young woman, about twenty-seven" (5.2). And right away, we feel sorry for her, because a single woman past...

Mr. Collins

The boorish, pompous, and ridiculous heir to the entailed Bennet estate, Mr. Collins is also a clergyman whose parish is in the estate of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. (What's that? You're not impresse...

Mr. Bennet

Pride and Prejudice is about nothing if it isn't about consequences. What do we mean? Well, think about the way romantic comedies work nowadays. Two people meet in a cute way, get separated by nons...

Mrs. Bennet

You think your mother's embarrassing? She's got nothing on Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet is a small-minded, vulgar woman with no tact—and we mean none. Mrs. Bennet is mainly comic relief, and is a pre...

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Lady Catherine is a satire of a grande dame—a totally overbearing, domineering woman who has always gotten her own way and can't stand to have anyone disagree with her, like a less charming, earl...

Lydia Bennet

A boy-crazy, totally un-self-conscious teenager (she's 15 when the story begins), the youngest Bennet sister runs off with Mr. Wickham, who is later forced to marry her.We feel a little sympathy fo...

Miss Caroline Bingley

Caroline has two modes. Mode one we'll call sucking-up-to-Darcy. She's totally hot for him, and he couldn't care less about her, so basically she just hangs on his every word and compliments his ev...

Georgiana Darcy

Georgiana is Mr. Darcy's painfully shy and sweetly malleable sister. Wickham calls her "proud," but Lizzy figures out pretty quickly that she was only "exceedingly shy" (44.3), so it makes sense th...

Mary Bennet and Kitty Bennet

Mary and Kitty are the other Bennet sisters, neither of whom are super-developed as characters. Honestly, it's probably for the best, since there are enough Bennets in this novel already.Mary is a...

Aunt and Uncle Gardiner

Mr. Gardiner is Mrs. Bennet's brother, but they're not much alike: Mr. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister, as well by nature as education. The Netherfield la...
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