Fictional Characters - Jane Austen
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Frederick Wentworthâ€™s brother in law. He rents Kellynch Hall from Sir Walter. A bluff and hearty man with whom Anne gets on well.
The sickly and aloof daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Her mother wanted her to marry her cousin, Mr Darcy.
Refused to marry Captain Frederick Wentworth when she was very young because she was advised to do so by Lady Russell who had been a friend of Anneâ€™s mother (deceased), and who acting in that role to Anne and her elder sister. At the opening of the book, aged 27, Anne was still in love with him. Wentworth was looking for a wife, and almost anyone except Anne Elliot would do.
Governess to Anne and Isabella. Marries Mr Weston
A friend of Captain Wentworth
A friend of Captain Harville and Captain Wentworth who is recuperating at Lyme Regis. His fiancÃ© has died. He likes poetry and finally marries Louisa Musgrove.
Seventeen year old heroine of the book, naÃ¯ve and susceptible. Falls in love with Henry Tilney.
Bingley rented Netherfield Hall, and became a target for Mrs Bennetâ€™s match matching schemes. He falls in love with Jane Bennet, but is persuaded by Darcy that Janeâ€™s calm demeanour means that she is not in love with him. He does marry Jane eventually which doesnâ€™t please Mrs Hurst, or Miss Bingley (his sisters) who hoped that he would marry Georgiana Darcy.
A clergyman who has an understanding that he will marry Henrietta Musgrave.
Married to Mary, Anneâ€™s younger sister. He proposed to Anne, but she refused him. His family would have preferred him to marry Anne.
Lizzie Bennetâ€™s friend and neighbour. She is the daughter of Sir William and Lady Lucas. She marries Mr Collins after he is rejected by Lizzie â€“ much to Mrs Bennetâ€™s chagrin.
Mrs Jenningâ€™s daughters
The stalwart and true hero of the book. Marries the contrite Marianne Dashwood.
Darcyâ€™s cousin, friend and joint guardian to Georgiana.
Married to Harriet. It was from their home that Lydia eloped with Wickham.
Second son of Lord and Lady Bertram. Destined to become a clergyman. Is besotted by Mary Crawford â€“ sees sense in the end!
His sister is married to John Dashwood. He is engaged to Lucy Steele, but is in love with Eleanor. A clergyman who Colonel gives a living to.
The eldest of the three Dashwood sisters. Even though she too has her heart broken, she remains calm and self contained. Finally marries her love, Edward Ferrars.
Catherine made friends with Eleanor at Bath. A cultured and pleasant young woman.
The aging, fashionable and snobbish elder sister of Anne. Friend of Mrs Clay.
The wife of John Dashwood
Fannyâ€™s mother married a sailor, whereas her two sisters married well. Fanny is taken in by her aunt, Lady Bertram. She is treated as the â€œpoor relationâ€. She is a very correct, and good, girl.
Main male character, who finally marries Lizzie Bennet after a disastrous first marriage proposal which begins : â€œLong have I struggledâ€¦â€ and then goes on to imply that Lizzieâ€™s family, particularly her mother are embarrassments. Both he and Lizzie are a mixture of pride and prejudice. However, beneath his reserve he is honourable and generous, and is instrumental in rescuing Lydia from disgrace by â€œpayingâ€ Wickham to marry her. He owns Pemberley and is the brother of Georgiana, his much younger sister.
Adopted son of Mr and Mrs Churchill of Endscombe
Captain Frederick Tilney flirts with Isabella.
The male hero of the book. A successful Captain, now with his fortune made, returns to the area to search for a wife and to settle down. Was extremely hurt by Anneâ€™s previous rejection and does not want to repeat his offer to her â€“ at least at the beginning of the book.
Owner of Northanger Abbey and father to Henry, Frederick and Eleanor. He fosters Catherineâ€™s friendship with Eleanor after being told by John Thorpe that Catherine is an heiress to a large fortune. On finding out the truth, he unceremoniously turns Catherine out of his house.
The hero of the book, who after reprimanding Emma for her thoughtless nonetheless marries her!
Darcyâ€™s younger sister. Joint ward of Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
Her father is unknown, and Emma befriends her and tries to organise her life (and loves).
Maryâ€™s brother A womaniser.
A Clergyman who Catherine meets in Bath when the master of ceremonies introduces them.
Widower. Father of Isabella and Emma.
A â€œfriendâ€ who meets Catherine in Bath. She introduces Catherine to the then modern â€œGothicâ€ novels. She is engaged to James Morland, but sets her cap at Frederick Tilney as a better catch.
Elder sister of Emma married to John Knightly
Catherineâ€™s brother. He is in love with Isabella Thorpe to whom he is engaged.
The eldest of the five Bennet daughters. She is very close to Elizabeth (Lizzie). She marries Mr Bingley.
The son of Mrs Dashwood, who inherits the house and land on the death of his father. Under the thumb of his snobbish wife.
Brother of George Knightly, married to Isabella Woodhouse, sister of Emma.
Brother of Isabella and friend of James Morland with whom he is studying at Oxford. Boasts that the Morlands are very wealthy and that he is going to marry Catherine.
Youngest, and rather silly, Bertram girl. Elopes with Yates.
Fannyâ€™s aunt. She is wealthy and somewhat idle.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh of Rosings is Mr Darcyâ€™s aunt, and patron of Mr Collins (a clergyman and the person who will inherit Longbourn on the death of Mr Bennet).
Wife of Sir John Middleton
Guardian of Anne, who acts towards her as a mother. Responsible for advising Anne not to marry Wentworth when he proposed to her in her teens.
Elizabeth Bennet is the heroine of the book. A vivacious and complex character. Close to her eccentric father, and often frustrated by her motherâ€™s behaviour. Prejudiced against Mr Darcy initially, but later realises his merit and indeed falls in love with him and marries him!
Pleasant and attractive young woman whose family welcomes the Crofts when they rent Kellynch. She has a sister, Henrietta and a brother Charles who is married to Anneâ€™s younger sister. She encourages Captain Wentworth. However, her recklessness in jumping off the Cobb in Lyme Regis changes her personality and she ends up in love with the rather forlorn Captain Benwick.
Contriving young woman. Engaged to Edward from an early age â€“ he was tutored by her father in their house. Runs off with his brother Robert.
Lizzie Bennetâ€™s younger sister who elopes with Wickham whilst staying with her friends in the military. Wickham is made to marry her by Darcy.
Youngest Dashwood daughter â€“ aged 13
The heroine who falls for John Willoughby only to have her health and heart broken by him. Later marries the much older, and less romantic, Colonel Brandon.
Selfish elder sister to Edmund Bertram. Marries Mr Rushworth.
Beautiful but devious. Befriends Fanny. Edmund (who Fanny is in love with) is captivated by Mary and almost proposes to her.
Is going to Bath for the season to try to ease his gout.
The present incumbent of Longbourn. He is an eccentric who tends to enjoy the idiosyncrasy of his wife. He and Elizabeth are particularly close.
Cousin of the Bennet girls and Mr Bennetâ€™s heir to Longbourn. Proposed to Lizzie who rejected him and then married Lizzieâ€™s friend, Charlotte Lucas. Mr Collins is a clergyman holding a benefice from Lady Catherine de Bough to whom he is most sycophantic.
The vicar of the parish who Emma tries to match make with Harriet Smith â€“ the plan falls foul and he thinks that Emma herself is keen on him
The person who takes Catherine to Bath with her and chaperoneâ€™s her. She is a benign character whose passion is dress. She is Catherineâ€™s Godmother and has no children of her own.
Mother of the five Bennet girls. One of her main grievances is that Mr Collins will inherit their home as she and Mr Bennet failed to have male offspring. Her goal in life is to get her daughters successfully married as early as possible. The book starts with her excitement on Mr Bingley (an eligible bachelor) taking up residence at Netherfield by saying: â€œIt is a truth generally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.â€
A friend of Elizabeth Elliot. Appeared desirous to marry Sir Walter, but later settled for his nephew.
Sister of Frederick Wentworth and wife of Admiral Croft, with whom she has travelled the world. She and Anne get on well.
A widow, whose husband has to vacate her home so that her son John and his snobbish wife can move into it. Mother of John, Eleanor, Marianne and Margaret.
Mother of Robert and Edward. Disinherits her son when he refuses to marry an heiress
Mrs Bennetâ€™s sister in Law and aunt of the Bennet girls. Lizzie accompanies them on a tour of Derbyshire which includes a visit to Pemberley. Meeting Mr Gardner made Darcy aware that not all Lizzieâ€™s family (excepting Lizzie and Jane) were an embarrassment.
Mother of Charlotte Palmer, she befriends Eleanor and Marianne and takes them to stay with her in London.
A hospitable woman, the mother of Charles, Isabella and Henrietta. Anne is always a welcome member of their household.
Fannyâ€™s aunt (sister to her mother and to Lady Bertram). Loses no opportunity in making Fanny feel how poor she is, and how much she should be grateful for being allowed to stay with them.
Housekeeper at Pemberley. She shows Lizzie and the Gardiners the house when they visit as a part of their tour of Derbyshire. She tells them about Mr Darcy and Mr Wickham when they were children, as well as what a wonderful master Darcy is. This is the start of Lizzieâ€™s realisation of Darcyâ€™s true worth.
A school friend of Anne, now a widow living in reduced circumstances and impaired health. She tells Anne about Mr Elliotâ€™s role in her decline in fortune.
An old friend of Mrs Allen. They meet up again unexpectedly in Bath. Mrs Thorpe boasts about her children and Mrs Allen about her dress. Neither listens to the other very much.
Son of Mr Darcyâ€™s fatherâ€™s steward. A favourite of Mr Darcy and treated by him almost as a son. He was wayward but charming. He ran off with Georgiana when she was very young, but she was rescued by her brother. He later elopes with Lydia and is forced to marry her by Mr. Darcy â€“ who has long been aware of his character.
Younger brother who inherits his motherâ€™s estate after Edward is disinherited. Later marries Lucy Steele.
A local farmer who Harriet Smith marries
Nee Hawkins, sister of Augusta
A distant relation of Mrs Dashwood who offers her Barton Cottage to live in
A vain man who owned Kellynch Hall. Father of Elizabeth and Anne. The book opens with him in financial difficulties which result in his having to rent Kellynch Hall and take up residence in Bath.
The heiress that John Willoughby marries
Gruff, but benign husband of Charlotte, Mrs Jenningâ€™s daughter
Sir Walterâ€™s nephew and heir. Wants to marry Anne. Anne is told of his perfidy by an old friend of hers now living as a widow in Bath (Mrs Smith).
Handsome, charming and debonair. Marianne falls in love with him. He needs a wealthy wife though and so leaves Marianne and marries the heiress Sophie Gray.
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