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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9 Comments

  1. Barbara
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    I’m Eleanor Tilney, too!

  2. philosophotarian
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

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

  3. Hieu
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    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.

  4. Carl Rosin
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    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!

  5. Caroline
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    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 …

  6. Robin Bates
    Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    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.

  7. Posted December 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. Errin Roby
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    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

  9. Robin Bates
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    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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