Pride and Prejudice

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Elizabeth (Eliza, Lizzy) Bennet

The novel's heroine and the second oldest of the five Bennet sisters, Elizabeth is smart, lively, and attractive. She prides herself on her ability to analyze other people, but she is very often mistaken in… (read full character analysis)

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Bingley's closest friend, the brother of Georgiana, and the nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Darcy is very wealthy and a person of great integrity, but his extreme class-consciousness makes him appear… (read full character analysis)

Jane Bennet

The oldest of the Bennet sisters, Jane seems almost too good to be true: beautiful, sweet-tempered, and modest. Her sole fault is that she refuses to think badly of anyone. She always looks on the… (read full character analysis)

George Wickham

Wickham is an officer in the local military regiment and appears to be the very model of a gentleman. In reality, he is a liar, hypocrite, and an opportunist. He thinks nothing of ruining a… (read full character analysis)

Mrs. Bennet

Mrs. Bennet is a giddy, frivolous woman whose only purpose in life seems to be gossiping and marrying off her five daughters. She lacks any awareness of her vulgar conduct and embarrasses Elizabeth and Jane… (read full character analysis)
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Mr. Bennet

Though a discerning, well-educated man, Mr. Bennet has made a bad marriage and is resigned to endure it. He is a good-hearted person, but fails his family by remaining sarcastically detached: everything is a joke… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Charles Bingley
Bingley is Darcy's best friend and the brother of Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Hurst. Unlike Darcy, however, Bingley is down to earth. Despite his huge wealth, he is humble and modest, placing no great weight on social standing.
Lydia Bennet
The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia is a vain, empty-headed flirt who has never had to deal with the consequences of her actions. She is her mother's favorite.
Catherine (Kitty) Bennet
The second youngest of the Bennet sisters. A bit of a whiner, she tends to follow Lydia.
Mary Bennet
The middle child of the five Bennet sisters. Mary is plain looking and a recluse who enjoys lecturing others about morality, which she learns from books.
Mr. Collins
Mr. Bennet's cousin and heir to the Bennet estate (in Austen's time, only men could inherit). His patroness is Lady Catherine. He is a ridiculous pompous clergyman concerned only with impressing others.
Charlotte Lucas
A close friend of Elizabeth's. She weds Mr. Collins for security, not love, but nevertheless finds happiness in her situation.
Sir William Lucas
Charlotte's father, foolishly obsessed with rank.
Lady Lucas
Charlotte's mother.
Mrs. Gardiner
Mrs. Bennet's sister-in-law. Intelligent and caring, she is the mother that Elizabeth and Jane cannot find in Mrs. Bennet.
Mr. Gardiner
Mrs. Bennet's brother and a successful, warm-hearted, cultivated merchant.
Caroline Bingley
Charles Bingley's sister. She cares only about social status and tries to undermine Elizabeth because she wants Darcy for herself.
Mrs. Hurst
Bingley's other sister. Though married, her views and temperament mirror her sister Caroline's.
Georgiana Darcy
Darcy's younger sister. Georgiana is a shy, good-spirited person whom Elizabeth wrongly dislikes until they meet and become friends. Georgiana has her own scandalous history with Wickham.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Domineering and rich, Lady Catherine meddles in everyone's affairs and cannot tolerate any breach of class rank.
Miss de Bourgh
Lady Catherine's sickly daughter. Her mother intends for Darcy to marry her.
Colonel Fitzwilliam
Darcy's cousin and Georgiana's guardian. He's a model gentleman, though as a second son he lacks any inheritance and so must seek out money through marriage.
Mrs. Philips
Mrs. Bennet's shallow silly sister. The gossip queen of Meryton.
Colonel Forster
The leader of Wickham's regiment.
Mrs. Forster
Colonel Forster's wife. She irresponsibly aids Lydia in her elopement with Wickham.