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Summary of characters Elizabeth Bennet Elizabeth Elizabeth Bennet, Aged 20, she's the second-eldest of five daughters. Her father's favourite, she's intelligent, playful, spirited, witty and attractive, if not outstandingly beautiful. Elizabeth is independent of thought and stands up for herself, even to those far above her in social standing (Darcy, Lady Catherine). She can be impulsive (when she walks through the fields to visit Jane). Elizabeth is very loyal, loving and protective (her reaction to Bingley leaving Jane; Lydia eloping with Wickham). She makes bad errors of judgement (believing Wickham; prejudiced against Darcy). She can be mature (she realises the mistakes others have made in marriage; advised her father not to let Lydia go to Brighton). She's the romantic character of the novel. Fitzwilliam Darcy Mr Darcy Mr Darcy is a very shy man and doesn't enjoy many things that Mr Bingly likes, " Come on Darcy I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing in about yourself in this stupid manner. " e.g. dancing. " He's rich, powerful and from a very well-respected family and has more money than Mr Bingly. ...read more.


Wickham is a very handsome, Wickham is a very handsome, well-mannered man who charms people with his smooth talking. He uses these assets to lie to people and deceive them (including Elizabeth). He grew up with Darcy. Wickhams a selfish layabout who, after spending a lot of money given to him by Darcy, tries to elope with Darcy's 15-year-old sister, Georgiana, to get more money. Mr Wickham He successfully elopes with Lydia Bennett (only 16), again to get money. Wickham seems to have no feelings for anyone but himself (this includes Lydia, who becomes his wife). He can be seen as the opposite of Darcy. Mrs Bennet Mrs Bennet Mrs Bennet is the mother figure whose sole interest is to see her daughters get married. Her actions are selfish. She's only concerned with how she and her family look to others, rather than the true happiness of her daughters. Although she's essentially a comic character, she can also be seen as a destructive influence who negatively affects the future of her children. ...read more.


He's always overly formal in his speech and manner, both in person and letters. This makes him look ridiculous. Although he pretends to be humble, he's self-opinionated (unless Lady Catherine is present) and not very intelligent. Collins is very superficial (he lacks true 'depth' or genuine emotion), demonstrated when he proposed to both Elizabeth and Charlotte within a week of each other. He's not particularly Christian in his actions (he advises Mr Bennet to forgive Lydia but disown her). Lady Catherine de Bourgh Lady Catherine de Bourgh She's the person with the highest social standing (and Darcy's aunt). Austen develops her character to reflect the very worst attitudes of the upper classes. Lady Catherine's a bully who's full of her own self-importance, which isn't based on anything she's achieved, simply her inherited wealth and social standing. She's very rude and insensitive. Lady Catherine expects to be obeyed at all times. She reacts with a lack of understanding when this doesn't happen (for example, when she tries to intimidate Elizabeth and get her to refuse Darcy). Her overbearing nature has made her daughter weak and timid. She offers a contrast to Darcy in how the upper classes behave. ...read more.

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