Lively, funny and challenging heroine – her father’s favourite. Initially prejudiced against Darcy and for Wickham, she gains self-knowledge and more serious attitude. Marries Darcy.
Pride and Prejudice (Grades 9–1)
Rich, proud, secretive bachelor responsible for large estate and younger sister. Takes himself too seriously and is shocked by his attraction to Elizabeth. He gains self-knowledge and marries her.
Elizabeth’s friend and eldest in her family; what she does matters to others. She marries Mr Collins for security not love, an attitude that shocks Elizabeth.
Pompous, ridiculous clergyman – main job ‘demeaning himself’ with respect to his patron, Lady Catherine. He will inherit Longbourn. Proposes to Elizabeth and is rejected but then marries Charlotte.
Sweet-natured eldest daughter, loving sister. She is ‘candid’ – thinks well of people and judges them less hastily than Elizabeth. She hides her private feelings too well for her own good.