Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice Character Map
Elizabeth Bennet is the protagonist of the novel and the reader sees the unfolding plot and the other characters mostly from her viewpoint. The second of the Bennet daughters, she is 20 years old and is intelligent, lively, attractive, and witty but with a tendency to judge on first impressions 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, a relationship is formed with Fitzwilliam Darcy, who belongs to a higher social class. The course of Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship ultimately leads both to surrender to love.
Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy is the main male character. Twenty-eight years old and unmarried, Mr Darcy is the wealthy owner of the famous family estate of Pemberley in Derbyshire and is rumoured to be worth at least ten thousand pounds a year (which, in 2010, amounts to about one million dollars a year). Handsome, tall, and intelligent, but not sociable, his aloof decorum and rectitude are seen by many as an excessive pride and concern for social status. He makes a poor impression on strangers, such as the landed gentry of Meryton, but is valued by those who know him well.