Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen
Director: Simon Langton. Also starred Crispin Bonham-Carter, Anna Chancellor & Susannah Harker. Won Primetime Emmy
Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Also starred Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan & Ann Rutherford
Main male character, who finally marries Lizzie Bennet after a disastrous first marriage proposal which begins : “Long have I struggled…” and then goes on to imply that Lizzie’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 “paying” Wickham to marry her. He owns Pemberley and is the brother of Georgiana, his much younger sister.
Lizzie Bennet’s younger sister who elopes with Wickham whilst staying with her friends in the military. Wickham is made to marry her by Darcy.
Lizzie Bennet’s friend and neighbour. She is the daughter of Sir William and Lady Lucas. She marries Mr Collins after he is rejected by Lizzie – much to Mrs Bennet’s chagrin.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh of Rosings is Mr Darcy’s aunt, and patron of Mr Collins (a clergyman and the person who will inherit Longbourn on the death of Mr Bennet).
Mrs Bennet’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 Lizzie’s family (excepting Lizzie and Jane) were an embarrassment.
Bingley rented Netherfield Hall, and became a target for Mrs Bennet’s match matching schemes. He falls in love with Jane Bennet, but is persuaded by Darcy that Jane’s calm demeanour means that she is not in love with him. He does marry Jane eventually which doesn’t please Mrs Hurst, or Miss Bingley (his sisters) who hoped that he would marry Georgiana Darcy.
Elizabeth Bennet is the heroine of the book. A vivacious and complex character. Close to her eccentric father, and often frustrated by her mother’s behaviour. Prejudiced against Mr Darcy initially, but later realises his merit and indeed falls in love with him and marries him!
Son of Mr Darcy’s father’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 – who has long been aware of his character.
Darcy’s younger sister. Joint ward of Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
Cousin of the Bennet girls and Mr Bennet’s heir to Longbourn. Proposed to Lizzie who rejected him and then married Lizzie’s friend, Charlotte Lucas. Mr Collins is a clergyman holding a benefice from Lady Catherine de Bough to whom he is most sycophantic.
The eldest of the five Bennet daughters. She is very close to Elizabeth (Lizzie). She marries Mr Bingley.
The sickly and aloof daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Her mother wanted her to marry her cousin, Mr Darcy.
Married to Harriet. It was from their home that Lydia eloped with Wickham.
Darcy’s cousin, friend and joint guardian to Georgiana.
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 Lizzie’s realisation of Darcy’s true worth.
The present incumbent of Longbourn. He is an eccentric who tends to enjoy the idiosyncrasy of his wife. He and Elizabeth are particularly close.
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: “It is a truth generally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”