Pride and Prejudice Character Descriptions
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The second daughter of Mr. Bennet, the most intelligent and sensible of the five Bennet sisters. She is well read and quick-witted, with a tongue that occasionally proves too sharp for her own good. Her realization of Darcy's essential goodness eventually triumphs over her initial prejudice against him.
A wealthy gentleman, the master of Pemberley, and the nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Though intelligent and honest, his excess of pride causes him to look down on his social inferiors. Over the course of the novel, he tempers his class-consciousness and learns to admire and love Elizabeth for her strong character.
The eldest and most beautiful Bennet sister. Reserved and gentle. The easy pleasantness with which she and Bingley interact contrasts starkly with the mutual distaste that marks the encounters between Elizabeth and Darcy.
Darcy's considerably wealthy best friend. His purchase of Netherfield, an estate near the Bennets, serves as the impetus for the novel. He is a genial, well-intentioned gentleman, whose easygoing nature contrasts with Darcy's initially discourteous demeanor. He is blissfully uncaring about class differences.
Sarcastic, cynical sense of humor that he uses to purposefully irritate his wife. Though he loves his daughters, he often fails as a parent, preferring to withdraw from the never-ending marriage concerns of the women around him rather than offer help.
A foolish, noisy woman whose only goal in life is to see her daughters married. Because of her low breeding and often unbecoming behavior, she often repels the very suitors whom she tries to attract for her daughters.
A handsome, fortune-hunting militia officer. His good looks and charm attract Elizabeth initially, but Darcy's revelation about his disreputable past clues her in to his true nature and simultaneously draws her closer to Darcy.
The youngest Bennet sister, she is gossipy, immature, and self-involved. Unlike Elizabeth, she flings herself headlong into romance and ends up running off with Wickham.
A pompous, generally idiotic clergyman who stands to inherit Mr. Bennet's property. His own social status is nothing to brag about, but he takes great pains to let everyone and anyone know that Lady Catherine de Bourgh serves as his patroness. He is the worst combination of snobbish and obsequious.
She bears inordinate disdain for Elizabeth's middle-class background. Her vain attempts to garner Darcy's attention cause Darcy to admire Elizabeth's self-possessed character even more.
Lady Catherine De Bourgh
A rich, bossy noblewoman; Mr. Collins's patron and Darcy's aunt. She epitomizes class snobbery, especially in her attempts to order the middle-class Elizabeth away from her well-bred nephew.
Elizabeth's dear friend. Pragmatic where Elizabeth is romantic, and also six years older than Elizabeth, she does not view love as the most vital component of a marriage. She is more interested in having a comfortable home. Thus, when Mr. Collins proposes, she accepts.
The middle Bennet sister, bookish and pedantic.
The fourth Bennet sister. Like Lydia, she is girlishly enthralled with the soldiers.