Which Jane Austen Character Are You?

Penry Jones, Hawkins in “Persuasion”

Which Jane Austen character do you resemble the most?

To find out, take the personality test that my Jane Austen seminar created. I have set up the links below.

I issue a caution, however. When I took the test, I came out as the execrable Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. So don’t say you weren’t warned.

(It wasn’t all bad—I also took the test for women characters and emerged as Eleanor Tilney from Northanger Abbey.)

The occasion for the test was our college’s “First Year Seminar Fall Festival.” On the final day of classes, each seminar class must imaginatively present to the college something it learned. The point is to reflect back on the course and to have a bit of fun as well. My seminars always shine.

Two years ago we produced a pamphlet on “What Would Jane Do?” if faced with modern relationship problems. The students offered such pieces of advice as “Don’t get into a carriage with John Thorpe”; “If the perfect man is too good to be true, then he probably is. Just ask Marianne”; and “And on his prospects of reform, listen to Fanny Price: he is not going to change.”

Last year, the class composed a Sense and Sensibility Facebook page, with class members posing as characters from the book. Elinor Dashwood was very circumspect, Fanny Dashwood was not, and John Dashwood simply seconded everything his wife said.

I think this year’s idea originated from Hannah telling us that she had matched up every member of the class with a Jane Austen heroine  (or, in the case of our one male student, a hero). With the Meyers-Briggs personality types in mind, we set out to create our own system.  I set out the categories below, but take the test first and then check your combination of letters. Here are the links:

Jane Austen Hero: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=which-janie-hero-are-you

Jane Austen Heroine: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=which-janie-are-you

To give you a taste of what awaits you, here are my two profiles:

You are Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. You are talkative and outgoing. You like to please people but sometimes you try too hard. You are impressed with authority, uphold traditional values, value hierarchical structure, and can be judgmental. You have an altruistic side but, even when you are being generous, you keep on eye out for pragmatic benefits. Love for you is less of an impulse and more of a plan of action, and you don’t like to go into a situation unprepared.

You are Eleanor Tilney from Northanger Abbey. It may seem like you are quiet and shy at first, but you really open up when you get to know someone. When you make friends, you make a deep connection with them. Your difficult past makes you stronger and very realistic. You are willing to wait a long time for something or someone you want, even when others disapprove of your choice.

And here are the categories and the characters attached to them:

Female Categories:



Lizzy    (REWP)
Anne    (RISP)
Emma   (PEWT)
Fanny   (RIST)
Catherine  (REST)
Elinor   (PISP)
Marriane  (RESP)
Mary Crawford (REWT)
Mrs. Weston   (RIWT)
Eleanor Tilney
Charlotte Lucas (PIST)
Mrs. Clay  (PIWP)
Mary Bennet  (PIWT)
Maria Bertram (PESP)
Mary Musgrove (PEST)
Lucy Steele/Isabella Thorpe/Caroline Bingley (PEWP)

Male Categories:



Edmund   (SIP)
Edward, Col. Brandon, Darcy (SIR)
Tilney   (SER) Knightley (SER)Wentworth (SER)
Collins  (CEP)
Thorpe  (CIP)
Charles Musgrove  (SEP)
Mr. Elliot  (CIR)
Wickham/Churchill/Willoughby/Crawford (CER)

Let me know how you come out and pass along your profile. Enjoy.

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