Be­hind the names: char­ac­ters you need to know

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El­iz­a­beth Ben­net, Pride and Prej­u­dice

The most pop­u­lar Austen hero­ine, Lizzy’s head­strong na­ture and com­plex re­la­tion­ship with Mr Darcy have cap­ti­vated and in­spired gen­er­a­tions

Eli­nor Dash­wood, Sense and Sen­si­bil­ity

One of Austen’s most com­plex char­ac­ters (Emma Thomp­son was nom­i­nated for an Os­car in the role). She is as pas­sion­ate as her sis­ter and is gov­erned by her strict sense of pro­pri­ety

Mary Craw­ford, Mans­field Park

Cu­ri­ously, it’s more tempt­ing to side with her than with the hero­ine, Fanny. Mary is in­tel­li­gent and cap­ti­vat­ing, but her shal­low na­ture lets her down

Emma Wood­house, Emma

She isn’t in­ter­ested in get­ting mar­ried, mak­ing for a fas­ci­nat­ing hero­ine of the time. Her flaws are flaunted from the start, but her warm heart makes you ea­ger to for­give them

Is­abella Thorpe, Northanger Abbey

The scenes de­scrib­ing her quite lit­eral pur­suits of men on the streets of Bath will make you laugh out loud

Capt Fred­er­ick Went­worth, Per­sua­sion

The last hero Austen cre­ated be­fore her death, he’s dif­fer­ent to the rest—he’s not a mem­ber of the landed gen­try, but makes his own for­tune through hard work and good sense

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