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Admiral Croft
   is in   
Persuasion
Frederick Wentworth’s brother in law. He rents Kellynch Hall from Sir Walter. A bluff and hearty man with whom Anne gets on well.
Ann De Bourgh
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
The sickly and aloof daughter of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Her mother wanted her to marry her cousin, Mr Darcy.
Anne Elliot
   is in   
Persuasion
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 Anne’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.
Anne Taylor
   is in   
Emma
Governess to Anne and Isabella. Marries Mr Weston
Augusta Hawkins
   is in   
Emma
Marries Mr Elton
Captain Harville
   is in   
Persuasion
A friend of Captain Wentworth
Captain James Benwick
   is in   
Persuasion
A friend of Captain Harville and Captain Wentworth who is recuperating at Lyme Regis. His fiancé has died. He likes poetry and finally marries Louisa Musgrove.
Catherine Morland
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Seventeen year old heroine of the book, naïve and susceptible. Falls in love with Henry Tilney.
Charles Bingley
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Charles Haytor
   is in   
Persuasion
A clergyman who has an understanding that he will marry Henrietta Musgrave.
Charles Musgrove
   is in   
Persuasion
Married to Mary, Anne’s younger sister. He proposed to Anne, but she refused him. His family would have preferred him to marry Anne.
Charlotte Lucas
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Charlotte Palmer
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Mrs Jenning’s daughters
Clara Partridge
   is in   
Emma
Friend of Mrs Elton
Colonel Brandon
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
The stalwart and true hero of the book. Marries the contrite Marianne Dashwood.
Colonel Campbell
   is in   
Emma
Friend to Jane Fairfax
Colonel Fitzwilliam
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
Darcy’s cousin, friend and joint guardian to Georgiana.
Colonel Forster
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
Married to Harriet. It was from their home that Lydia eloped with Wickham.
Edmund Bertram
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Second son of Lord and Lady Bertram. Destined to become a clergyman. Is besotted by Mary Crawford – sees sense in the end!
Edward Ferrars
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
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.
Eleanor Dashwood
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
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.
Eleanor Tilney
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Catherine made friends with Eleanor at Bath. A cultured and pleasant young woman.
Elizabeth Elliot
   is in   
Persuasion
The aging, fashionable and snobbish elder sister of Anne. Friend of Mrs Clay.
Emma Woodhouse
   is in   
Emma
The heroine of the book.
Fanny Dashwood
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
The wife of John Dashwood
Fanny Price
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Fanny’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 “poor relation”. She is a very correct, and good, girl.
Fitzwilliam Darcy
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Frank Churchill
   is in   
Emma
Adopted son of Mr and Mrs Churchill of Endscombe
Frederick Tilney
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Captain Frederick Tilney flirts with Isabella.
Frederick Wentworth
   is in   
Persuasion
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 Anne’s previous rejection and does not want to repeat his offer to her – at least at the beginning of the book.
General Tilney
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Owner of Northanger Abbey and father to Henry, Frederick and Eleanor. He fosters Catherine’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.
George Knightly
   is in   
Emma
The hero of the book, who after reprimanding Emma for her thoughtless nonetheless marries her!
Georgiana Darcy
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
Darcy’s younger sister. Joint ward of Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam
Harriet Smith
   is in   
Emma
Her father is unknown, and Emma befriends her and tries to organise her life (and loves).
Henrietta Musgrove
   is in   
Persuasion
Marries Charles Haytor.
Henry Crawford
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Mary’s brother A womaniser.
Henry Tilney
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
A Clergyman who Catherine meets in Bath when the master of ceremonies introduces them.
Henry Woodhouse
   is in   
Emma
Widower. Father of Isabella and Emma.
Isabella Thorpe
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
A “friend” who meets Catherine in Bath. She introduces Catherine to the then modern “Gothic” novels. She is engaged to James Morland, but sets her cap at Frederick Tilney as a better catch.
Isabella Woodhouse
   is in   
Emma
Elder sister of Emma married to John Knightly
James Morland
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Catherine’s brother. He is in love with Isabella Thorpe to whom he is engaged.
Jane Bennet
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
The eldest of the five Bennet daughters. She is very close to Elizabeth (Lizzie). She marries Mr Bingley.
Jane Fairfax
   is in   
Emma
Niece to Miss Bates
John Dashwood
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
The son of Mrs Dashwood, who inherits the house and land on the death of his father. Under the thumb of his snobbish wife.
John Knightly
   is in   
Emma
Brother of George Knightly, married to Isabella Woodhouse, sister of Emma.
John Thorpe
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
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.
Julia Bertram
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Youngest, and rather silly, Bertram girl. Elopes with Yates.
Lady Bertram
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Fanny’s aunt. She is wealthy and somewhat idle.
Lady Catherine
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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).
Lady Middleton
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Wife of Sir John Middleton
Lady Russell
   is in   
Persuasion
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.
Lizzie Bennet
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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!
Louisa Hurst
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
Mr Bingley’s sister.
Louisa Musgrove
   is in   
Persuasion
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 Anne’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.
Lucy Steele
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Contriving young woman. Engaged to Edward from an early age – he was tutored by her father in their house. Runs off with his brother Robert.
Lydia Wickham
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Margaret
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Youngest Dashwood daughter – aged 13
Marianne Dashwood
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
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.
Maria Bertram
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Selfish elder sister to Edmund Bertram. Marries Mr Rushworth.
Mary Crawford
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Beautiful but devious. Befriends Fanny. Edmund (who Fanny is in love with) is captivated by Mary and almost proposes to her.
Miss Hetty Bates
   is in   
Emma
Jane Fairfax’s aunt
Mr Allen
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
Is going to Bath for the season to try to ease his gout.
Mr Bennet
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
The present incumbent of Longbourn. He is an eccentric who tends to enjoy the idiosyncrasy of his wife. He and Elizabeth are particularly close.
Mr Collins
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Mr Elton
   is in   
Emma
The vicar of the parish who Emma tries to match make with Harriet Smith – the plan falls foul and he thinks that Emma herself is keen on him
Mr Rushworth
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Marries Maria Bertram/
Mrs Allen
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
The person who takes Catherine to Bath with her and chaperone’s her. She is a benign character whose passion is dress. She is Catherine’s Godmother and has no children of her own.
Mrs Bennet
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.”
Mrs Clay
   is in   
Persuasion
A friend of Elizabeth Elliot. Appeared desirous to marry Sir Walter, but later settled for his nephew.
Mrs Croft
   is in   
Persuasion
Sister of Frederick Wentworth and wife of Admiral Croft, with whom she has travelled the world. She and Anne get on well.
Mrs Dashwood
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
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.
Mrs Ferrars
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Mother of Robert and Edward. Disinherits her son when he refuses to marry an heiress
Mrs Gardiner
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Mrs Jennings
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Mother of Charlotte Palmer, she befriends Eleanor and Marianne and takes them to stay with her in London.
Mrs Musgrove
   is in   
Persuasion
A hospitable woman, the mother of Charles, Isabella and Henrietta. Anne is always a welcome member of their household.
Mrs Norris
   is in   
Mansfield Park
Fanny’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.
Mrs Reynolds
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Mrs Smith
   is in   
Persuasion
A school friend of Anne, now a widow living in reduced circumstances and impaired health. She tells Anne about Mr Elliot’s role in her decline in fortune.
Mrs Thorpe
   is in   
Northanger Abbey
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.
Mr Wickham
   is in   
Pride and Prejudice
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.
Robert Ferrars
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Younger brother who inherits his mother’s estate after Edward is disinherited. Later marries Lucy Steele.
Robert Martin
   is in   
Emma
A local farmer who Harriet Smith marries
Selina Suckling
   is in   
Emma
Nee Hawkins, sister of Augusta
Sir John Middleton
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
A distant relation of Mrs Dashwood who offers her Barton Cottage to live in
Sir Walter Elliot
   is in   
Persuasion
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.
Sophie Gray
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
The heiress that John Willoughby marries
Thomas Palmer
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
Gruff, but benign husband of Charlotte, Mrs Jenning’s daughter
William Walter Elliot
   is in   
Persuasion
Sir Walter’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).
Willoughby
   is in   
Sense and Sensibility
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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