1.1 He is clever and amusing, but not easy to
live with. In the first chapter he pretends
that he won't visit Mr Bingley but does. He
is always ready to tease or mock his wife in
front of his daughters and later humiliates
his daughter Mary in public.
1.2 He allows Mr
Collins to visit
the house partly
so he can laugh
1.3 He generally plays a role in
the novel defined by what he
does not do. He criticises his
younger daughters for
running after officers but
does nothing to stop them. He
loves Elizabeth but does not
listen to her nor understand
or comfort Jane in her
distress. He has never saved
money so cannot help Lydia.
2 MRS BENNET
2.1 She is excited by the news that Bingley is coming to
Netherfield as she is desperate to find husbands
for her daughters.
2.2 She is quite undiscriminating so is equally glad
to welcome Mr Collins (once she has got over
2.3 She sees nothing wrong with Mr Wickham's
character once he and Lydia are actually married.
2.4 She is very shallow and changeable- note
her treatment of her friend Lady Lucas for
2.5 She is usually seen
from the point of view
of Jane or Elizabeth,
who find her behaviour
embarrassing in public
and insensitive in
3 TOP TIP
3.1 Mr and Mrs Bennet are incompatible.
3.2 She doesn't understand him: he understands and despises her.
3.3 Later we are told that they
married as a result of physical
attraction which will not last.
Can we infer that Lydia and
Wickham's marriage will go the