For me, one of the most striking features of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was her use of vivid, interesting secondary characters. While I loved reading about the romance between Lizzie and Darcy and between Jane and Bingley, I was equally fascinated by the characters around them.
What happened to Charlotte Lucas? Did she stay married to the odious Mr. Collins? And why was Caroline Bingley such a nasty piece of work? Did she ever learn from her mistakes and take a better path? I wanted to know what became of the minor characters that Austen created.
I also always believed that both Charlotte and Caroline got a bum rap. Charlotte had to marry Mr. Collins. Yech. And Caroline has been vilified for years. I don’t believe Jane Austen wrote her as an evil character, but more as another female victim of society. She was only doing what Polite society had taught her, and I always wanted to give her the chance to make a different choice after she lost her bid for Darcy. This explains why I wrote Charlotte Collins and Caroline Bingley, which will be out as soon as my proofer has finished.
And now I want to know, which minor Pride and Prejudice character do you most resemble?
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Adapted from Becton Literary. My apologies for being late.