While Jane is sweet, she is also submissive and the author clearly prefers Elizabeth, who has some semblance of a backbone. This is clear not only because Austin makes Elizabeth the main character (clearly if she preferred Jane, Jane would be the heroine) but also from Austin's treatment of the two. Elizabeth is a generally clear observer of people, whereas Jane accepts people uncritically. Jane's father remarks this when he says, "You are . . . so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income."