In Pride and Prejudice, what would be a comprehensive description of Jane's character?

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Jane Bennett is a gentle, sweet, compassionate character. She always sees the good in another person. She does not try and find negative qualities in anyone. Jane is quiet and reserved. She is very much a lady. She minds her manners and is very respectful.

Jane falls in love with Mr. Bingley, but she is too modest to show her true affection. She rarely shows her true feelings even to her sister Elizabeth. Jane is the picture of loveliness. She is breathtakingly beautiful, yet she is very humble. She is not elevated in her speech. She is not ostentatious. She is intellectual yet modest. She has honest character and integrity.

Jane has such a lovely personality. She is charming. She has enviable beauty yet she would never envy anyone. She carries herself as a lady in all situations. Mr. Bingley certainly does himself a favor when he asks for her hand in marriage. She will make him very proud.

madihaa | Student

Jane is the eldest Bennet daughter and is considered quite pretty by all.  Her seeming indifference to Bingley initially drives him away from her (with the help of Darcy), but in the end the two are married.  Elizabeth often wishes she could be as good and happy as Jane is, as Jane never thinks badly of anyone.

he oldest and most beautiful of the Bennet daughters, Jane has a good heart and a gentle nature. As Elizabeth's confidant, Jane helps to keep her sister's tendency to be judgmental in check by offering positive interpretations of negative situations. Jane's desire to see only the best in people becomes rather extreme at times, as in her disbelief that Wickham could be a liar, but she is not so entrenched in her world view that her opinion cannot be changed. Take, for example, her relationship with Caroline Bingley. When Jane finally recognizes Miss Bingley's insincerity, she stops making excuses for her and does not pursue the friendship. However, when she and Miss Bingley become sisters-in-law, Jane's good nature causes her to receive Miss Bingley's friendly overtures with more responsiveness than Miss Bingley deserves.

Although Jane enters into one of the happiest and most successful marriages in the novel, her relationship with Bingley is a rather static one. Just as she is consistently good and kind, her feelings and regard for Bingley never falter or change. She feels sorrow when he leaves, of course, but that does not diminish her love for him. Their relationship, while pleasant, is not marked by the range of emotions that Elizabeth and Darcy feel for one another. Her marriage, then, is favorable because she and Bingley married for love and are compatible, but it is not quite ideal because it lacks the depth found in Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage.

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