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:

Practical/Romantic
Introvert/Extrovert
Sincere/Witty
Progressive/Traditional

 Characters:

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:

Practical/Romantic
Introvert/Extrovert
Sincere/Calculating

Characters:

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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  • Barbara

    I’m Eleanor Tilney, too!

  • philosophotarian

    Anne Eliot and Edward/Brandon/Darcy. I am pleased to have lined up with my favorite of the heroines. 😀

  • Hieu

    Hi Robin, you’re one great professor. Your seminars are so creative. I wish that I had you for a professor. BTW, my characters are Henry Tilney, George Knightly, & Captain Wentworth. I usually don’t believe in psychological test, but this one is spot on LOL Happy Holidays to you and yours. Usha and I will be off to Malaysia for the holidays to be with her family for their big and possibly last reunion with everyone present. We’re glad for what we have.

  • Carl Rosin

    Robin, no wonder we get along: I came out as Collins too. Very funny — I may have to figure out how to do this for Gatsby or The Sun Also Rises…or for our whole year of reading!

  • Caroline

    Anne Elliott and Edmund Bertram!

    And Anne is my favourite. I wonder how Anne is progressive compared to Fanny Price? I know she believes in love before status, but so does Fanny.

    I must admit however to having a slight crush on Edmund Bertram …

  • Robin Bates

    Smart comment on Anne and Fanny, Caroline, who differ only in this respect (as least with regards to the survey’s categories). I think my students designated Anne as progressive and Fanny as traditional because Anne leaves a traditional way of life for a military marriage while Anne appears to have conservative values. I didn’t emphasize enough when I taught Mansfield Park how Fanny’s religious views were actually very liberal for her day, aligned with those of the anti-slavery crusader William Wilberforce and contrasted with the decadence of the aristocracy and landed gentry. Only now do they seem traditional. Of course, by bucking Sir Thomas, she’s also quite radical although she resists in a quiet way.

    I can’t imagine her writing a blog, however. So it sounds like you are more an Anne. Besides, I think Edmund would like Anne better than Fanny. Anne has some of the spunk of Mary Crawford but has Fanny’s integrity.

    Carl, my students really got into writing the personality profiles for the characters. So from a teaching point of view, it’s a great exercise. Concerning Collins, his qualities would be all right if he weren’t such a jerk about them.

    Hieu, what wonderful men to be associated with. You too ventured forth from your native Vietnam to see the world and become a psychologist. Very Wentworthian of you.

    I too am in love in Anne Elliot, philosophotarian. Maybe my favorite Austen heroine.

  • Fanny seems very Victorian, one reason why I liked her. She has the “middle-class values” that made them proud of their identity, above the loose morals of the aristocracy. But that being said, I still don’t get why it is said Fanny yearns for the old sort of world – Austen implies Fanny’s and Sir Thomas’ wholesome values are old-fashioned, and yet her sense of democracy, sincerity and emphasis on character rather than personality is Victorian. And bluestockingness was more acceptable among Victorian ladies. Is this related to the more commercial side of the Victorians?

    Knowing some people with Edmund-Bertram-like traits, I think that Edmund would become friends more quickly with Anne – he would warm up to her kindness and converse with ease at her than the awkward Fanny. But I can’t help suspecting that ultimately Edmund would prefer to marry a quiet, submissive girl in the end (Mary Crawford was an infatuation) who could agree with and semi-idolise him. Anne seems a little too independent and less “childlike.” They could be good friends and like brother and sister but nothing more perhaps. He might want to be a sort of protector. Though I am no judge of character compared to Jane Austen.

    Then I’ve wondered why Anne and Captain Benwick didn’t get together.

  • Errin Roby

    Hello Professor Bates!

    How are you doing? I just found your blog today, and I immediately looked for any Jane Austen information (of course!). I took the quiz – what a fun project! According to the quiz, I am William Walter Elliot and Fanny Price. I remember when I first read Mansfield Park that I thought I was similar to Fanny!

    The Jane Austen Seminar sounds like a wonderful course. I was just re-reading Pride and Prejudice yesterday. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday, and I wish you a great spring semester at St. Mary’s!

    Sincerely,
    Errin

  • Robin Bates

    How absolutely wonderful to her from you, Erin. Are you still a librarian and did you read the post I wrote (a couple as I remember) on your senior project on Mansfield Park, which I vaguely recall you writing in 2000 (although I’m unsure about the date)? The fact that you identified so thoroughly with Mansfield Park meant that, at least in that regard, the profile was a success. You don’t strike me as anything like Sir Walter, however.

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  • Nicole Shan

    My results were : Tilney , Wenworth and Knightly and Elizabeth Bennet😃
    BTW : Why There aren’t Jane Fairfax,Jane Bennet ,Charles Bingley a
    and Kitty Bennet as quiz results?

  • Robin

    First of all, I’m really impressed with how you came out, Nicole. Anyone who comes in as Elizabeth Bennet should feel really good. Meyers-Briggs only allows 16 categories so I suppose the class would have had to double up characters to get everyone in. Our excuse could be that we did this in a single class period at the end of the semester.

  • Nicole Shan

    You are forgiven

  • Nicole Shan

    I’m also Penelope Clay 🤑 ( such as shame)

  • Nicole Shan

    But I’m also Penélope Clay🤑

  • Robin

    After a good friend from childhood also reported getting Mrs. Clay, Nicole, I went back and rethought her and find her far more positive than I once thought. She’s in a bad spot, a single mom with children, and has to do what she can to survive. (I’m not sure if her husband died or left her.) Austen describes a kind of triumph for her in the end when she uses Mr. Elliot when he thinks he’s using her. Austen projected her own own class anxieties onto gold-digging women–I think she saw too much of her middle-class-family-wanting-to-be-gentry in these women–but there’s something to be said for the smarter ones, like Penelope Clay and Lucy Steele. So maybe it’s not entirely bad to get her–maybe you’re smart, savvy, know how to make the best of a bad situation. Anne, admirable in every other way, may reveal an unfortunate class prejudice in her dislike of Mrs. Clay.

    If I were to distinguish between the gold-diggers that are impressive and those that are not, I’d vote in favor of Penelope, Lucy, and Charlotte Lucas for their smarts and against Isabella Thorpe, Caroline Bingley, and Mrs. Elton for their unkindnesses. What do you think?

  • Nicole Shan

    They fight to have a better life and that shows determination
    So maybe marriage at that time ( and now) is not just about love

  • Robin

    Austen knew all the vulnerability of unmarried, even as she may have been in thrall to the marriage plot. So maybe her protests have to arise in indirect ways.

  • Nicole Shan

    They were fighters and that’s quite nice
    I will read “Persuasion ” next Christmas 📖
    Happy Holidays!!!🎅🏼

  • Nicole Shan

    They were fighters and that’s quite nice
    I will read “Persuasion ” next Christmas 📖
    Happy Holidays!!!🎅🏼

  • kelleypen

    Lizzie Bennet, hooray!

  • Robin

    You can’t do any better than this, kelleypen. Congratulations.

  • Nicole Shan

    I am currently reading “Persuasion” and realize that as you had stated already, Miss Clay was hust trying to survive after her husband died …with no income….She was looking out for the well-being of her children ☺
    In matters of “gold diggers” …we may agree…..Augusta Elton endeavoured herself to act “snobby” by presuming all of her accomplishments and treating people like scumb ….including Ms.Smith at the ball

  • Robin

    Mrs. Elton is wonderfully loathsome, isn’t she? I see her as Emma’s dark double–what Emma is in danger of becoming. But it grates me that Emma’s superiority is also a validation of class. Gentry class Emma has a classy wedding, Mrs. Elton a tacky one. I find myself worried that Austen herself was a snob, perhaps out of fear: her own class position was closer to Mrs. Elton’s than to Emma’s. In other words, Augusta Elton may actually be Austen’s dark double, and I’m not sure that Austen handles her well. Perhaps, by Persuasion, she has become more forgiving of social climbers, just as she become more romantic. Maybe her ill health was mellowing her out?

  • Nicole Shan

    Not really…In “Northanger Abbey ” Colonel Tilney only invites Catherine after being told of her “fortune”

  • Robin

    Are you seeing Northanger Abbey as a late work as opposed to an early work published posthumously?

  • Nicole Shan

    Yes….I acknowledge that both novels are connected

  • Nicole Shan

    Yes….I acknowledge that both novels are connected

  • Nicole Shan

    No….I recall both novels develop in the same place and each has the same type of gold digger 😃

  • Nicole Shan

    Now I can acknowledge I’m no Lizzie or Penelope Clay ….I do relate with Elinor Dashwood


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