© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

Mrs. Gardiner

Lizzy doesn't have much in the way of role models, but she does have her aunt Mrs. Gardiner, the wife of Mrs. Bennet's brother. Mrs. Gardiner is an "amiable, intelligent woman" who's close with the older girls (25.2). But her real mentoring power shows up when she notices Lizzy getting a little too fond of Mr. Wickham, and "resolve[s] to speak to Elizabeth on the subject" (25.17)—a good thing, too, because Mrs. Bennet sure isn't going to.