Fitzwilliam Darcy, Basic Character Information

Fitzwilliam Darcy is Pride and Prejudice's snobbish but good principled leading man.

Basic Information:

Age: 28 (probably), he mentions his age at the end of the novel (most likely in the month of October). However since he is referring to a change that began back in April, he could have already turned 29 (unlikely in my opinion) or he could have more recently turned 28.

Spouse: Elizabeth Darcy nee Bennet (end of novel)

Income: 10,000£ per year, this is one of the first things we learn about him. However, in chapter
16, Wickham, the son of a former Pemberley steward, describes his income as a clear 10,000£, meaning the 10,000£ would be after estate expenses were paid.

Primary Residence: Pemberley Estate, in Derbyshire, where his housekeeper estimates he spends half his time, it is speculated that he will spend more time there after he marries. He also keeps a house in London.

Physical Characteristics: Tall, with handsome features and a noble mein.

Personality Characteristics: Our dear Darcy is a bit of a snob, but as I said above he does have good principles (which in the end triumph over his snobbery). Almost immediately after his introduction, his manners disgust the people of Meryton as they show he is proud, inconsiderate and uninterested in them. The narrator describes him as being clever but that he was also "
haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting[,]" making it perhaps not surprising that he "was continually giving offense." In spite of all of this he does have some good qualities beyond well bred but uninviting manners, he is a conscientuous landlord who takes care of his tenants and does good among the poor, takes care of his sister and is helpful towards his friends, as well as the ability to forgive those he cares about.

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