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Elizabeth Bennet Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of the novel.

The reader sees the unfolding plot and the other characters mostly from her viewpoint. The second of the Bennet daughters, she is twenty years old and is intelligent, lively, attractive and witty but with a tendency to judge on first impression (the "prejudice" of the title) and perhaps to be a little selective of the evidence upon which she bases her judgments. As the plot begins, her closest relationships are with her father; her sister, Jane; her aunt, Mrs Gardiner; and her best friend, Charlotte Lucas. As the story progresses, so does her relationship with Mr. Darcy. The course of Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship is ultimately decided when Darcy overcomes his pride, and Elizabeth overcomes her prejudice, leading them both to surrender to the love they have for each other. Mr Darcy Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy is the male protagonist of the novel. Twenty-eight years old and unmarried, Mr Darcy is also the wealthy owner of the famous family estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire, and is rumored to be worth at least ten thousand pounds a year. In 2013, this amounts to almost eight hundred thousand dollars a year, although even this calibration fails to properly demonstrate Darcy's wealth. Such an income would have put him among the 400 wealthiest families in the country.[5] Handsome, tall, and intelligent, but rather antisocial, his aloof decorum and rectitude are seen by many as an excessive pride. He makes a poor impression on strangers, such as the landed gentry of Meryton, but is valued by those who know him well. Throughout the progression of the plot, Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to be in each other's company, causing

cynical sense of humour that he purposefully uses to irritate his wife. shyer. Mr Bennet has a sarcastic. and she imagines herself susceptible to attacks of tremors and palpitations. she is considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighbourhood. Jane Bennet Jane Bennet is the eldest Bennet sister. Twenty-two years old when the novel begins. At the end of the work. both overcome their differences and judgments to fall in love with each other. Her character is contrasted with Elizabeth's as sweeter. Mrs Bennet Mrs Bennet is the wife of her social superior Mr Bennet and mother of Elizabeth and her sisters. Lydia. She is frivolous. but not .[6] Mr Bennet Mr Bennet is the patriarch of the Bennet family. excitable. Her favourite daughter is the youngest.each character to see the other in a different light. Although he possesses inherited property. Jane. Her public manners and social climbing are embarrassing to Jane and Elizabeth. Though he loves his daughters (Elizabeth in particular). he often fails as a parent. and narrow-minded. though she values the beauty of the eldest. it can only pass to male heirs—so his daughters will be on their own upon his death. and equally sensible. Her main ambition in life is to marry her daughters off well. preferring to withdraw from the never-ending marriage concerns of the women around him rather than offer help. it is "entailed"—that is. a gentleman of modest income with five unmarried daughters. who reminds her of herself when younger.

Bingley. Darcy. she is portrayed as a silly character who thinks of herself as being very wise. Throughout the novel she is hurt by Mr. Mr."[7] Jane is closest to Elizabeth. although she is often impatient for display. and her character is often contrasted with that of Elizabeth. She grows to be in love with Mr. although she is often portrayed as envious of Lydia and also a 'silly' young woman. She is favoured by her mother because of her beauty. and rather than join in some of the family activities. Thanks to Elizabeth. Kitty and Lydia. Jane is "sugar to Elizabeth's lemonade. Darcy realises his wrongdoing in judging Jane to be so faulty and brings back Bingley who then marries Jane. Although older than her. but she has neither genius nor taste. She works hard for knowledge and accomplishment.as clever. Lydia Bennet . she is the shadow of Lydia and follows in her pursuits of the 'Officers' of the regiment. Darcy feels their love is not equal and he doesn't want to see Bingley get hurt by Jane. a rich man who recently moved to Hertfordshire. Catherine Bennet Catherine Bennet is the fourth daughter at 17 years old. She appears but little. Mr. She appears only a few times. Bingley's best friend. Like her two younger sisters. she reads mostly. Mary Bennet Mary Bennet is the only plain Bennet sister. As Anna Quindlen wrote. her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others. as Mr. Jane is the second Bennet to marry.

and no remorse for the disgrace she causes her family. She often compliments his younger sister. Caroline Bingley Caroline Bingley is the snobbish sister of Charles Bingley. Lydia shows no regard for the moral code of her society. Her main activity in life is socializing. She dominates her older sister Kitty and is supported in the family by her mother. with Darcy. good-natured. She is frivolous and headstrong. She attempts to dissuade Mr Darcy from liking Elizabeth by ridiculing the Bennet family in Darcy's presence.suspecting that he will agree with what she says about her. He is contrasted with his friend Mr Darcy as being more kind and more charming and having more generally pleasing manners. aged 15 when the novel begins. He lacks resolve and is easily influenced by others. and it is acknowledged later that she. she has a dowry of twenty thousand pounds. She sends Jane . especially flirting with the officers of the militia. Charles Bingley Charles Bingley is a handsome. as she realises that this is the main aspect of Elizabeth with which she can find fault. although not quite so clever.Lydia Bennet is the youngest Bennet sister. and she is jealous of his growing attachment to Elizabeth and is disdainful and rude to her. Miss Bingley harbours romantic intentions for Mr Darcy. who rents Netherfield Park near Longbourn. this leads to her elopement with George Wickham. attempts to separate the couple. She is the first Bennet sister to marry. Eventually. Georgiana . Miss Bingley also disapproves of her brother's esteem for Jane Bennet. by being notably more polite and complimentary towards Darcy throughout. and wealthy young gentleman of 23. She also attempts to convey her own superiority over Elizabeth.

He runs off with Lydia and marries her. Charlotte Lucas. and is unapologetic for her failure to respond to Jane's letters.letters describing her brother's growing love for Georgiana Darcy. he is superficially charming and rapidly forms an attachment with Elizabeth Bennet." Mr Collins is obsequious. George Wickham George Wickham has been acquainted with Mr Darcy since childhood. aged 25. having been under the guardianship of Mr Darcy's father. she is rude and cold. He is "not a sensible man. An officer in the militia. Elizabeth's rejection of Mr Collins's marriage proposal is welcomed by her father. and lacking in common sense. When Jane goes to London she ignores her for a period of four weeks. in attempt to convince Jane of Bingley's indifference towards her. the realisation of which she relays to Elizabeth in a letter. Lady Catherine de Bourgh . adding to the local society's prejudice. William Collins William Collins. regardless of the financial benefit to the family of such a match. but eventually he is found to have been the wrongdoer himself. pompous. Mr Collins then marries Elizabeth's friend. is forced to admit that she had been deceived in thinking she had a genuine friendship with Caroline Bingley. is Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin and heir to his estate. and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society. He spreads tales about the wrongs Mr Darcy has done him. When she eventually does. Jane. despite Jane's frequent invitations for her to call upon her. who is always determined not to find fault with anybody.

is offended by her lack of manners. Mr Collins. She idolises her brother Mr Darcy (Fitzwilliam Darcy). where she again meets Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy. aged 16 when the story begins. Jane stays with the Gardiners in London for a period. Aunt and Uncle Gardiner Aunt and Uncle Gardiner: Edward Gardiner is Mrs Bennet's brother and a successful businessman of sensible and gentlemanly character. Georgiana is extremely timid and gets embarrassed fairly easily. amiable. who possesses wealth and social standing. When 15. by contrast. Aunt Gardiner is close to her nieces Elizabeth and Jane. is duly respectful but not intimidated. pompous. and condescending. is shown to admire these characteristics by deferring to her opinions and desires. Georgiana Darcy Georgiana Darcy is Mr Darcy's quiet. is haughty. Miss Darcy almost eloped with Mr Wickham. and he later courts her disapproval by marrying Elizabeth in spite of her numerous objections. domineering. The Gardiners are quick in their perception of an attachment between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. and judge him without prejudice. Elizabeth. although her manner is seen by some as entirely proper and even admirable.Lady Catherine de Bourgh. They are both actively involved in helping Mr Darcy arrange the marriage between Lydia and Mr Wickham. who sought her thirty thousand pound dowry. and Elizabeth travels with them to Derbyshire. for example. and the two share an extremely close sibling . especially towards Elizabeth. Lady Catherine's nephew. Miss Darcy is introduced to Elizabeth at Pemberley and is later delighted at the prospect of becoming her sister-in-law. and shy younger sister.

at 27 years old. singing. playing the harp and drawing. Charlotte Lucas Charlotte Lucas is Elizabeth's friend who. to gain financial security. She is extremely talented at the piano. much like Jane and Elizabeth. . fears becoming a burden to her family and therefore agrees to marry Mr Collins. whom she does not love. Though the novel stresses the importance of love and understanding in marriage (as seen in the anticipated success of Elizabeth–Darcy relationship and failure of Mr and Mrs Bennet relationship). Austen never seems to condemn Charlotte's decision to marry for money. She is also very modest.bond.