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WHICH JANE AUSTEN HEROINE ARE YOU?

To mark the release of an(other) ‘Emma’ remake, and modern-day riffs on Austen’s most famous novels, let’s play a game of “which 19th century leading lady are you?”

Emma Firth | 11.02.2020

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“Yeah, so I definitely think I’m a Jo.” We’ll take a stab in the dark that this was the overall consensus after the release of Little Women. Except, sorry but not everyone can be a Jo. There are, let’s not forget, three other sisters - each with their own unique charms and quirks.

Another literary heroine battlefield? Jane Austen’s leading ladies. Over two hundred years later and the literary legend is once again back in our consciousness (though, did she ever really leave?), with two book releases this year riffing on her body of work (The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow and Miss Austen by Gill Hornby) to an aesthetically pleasing film adaptation of Emma - starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn – hitting cinema screens on Valentine’s Day (time will tell if it can match up to the Gwyneth Paltrow version circa ’96). So, in the spirit of Jane Austen mania, we’ve done a (very modern) character breakdown of her most memorable heroines. Spot which one you’re most like.

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MARIANNE DASHWOOD IN ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’

Likely overheard in the pub saying… “I know we’ve only been on one date, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to marry him.”

Your perfect date… A weekend in Paris. For your third date.

Friends describe you as… Romantic, impulsive, charming, impatient, theatrical, a little naive.

Most likely attracted to… The guy your mum would definitely disapprove of.

EMMA WOODHOUSE IN ‘EMMA’

Overheard in the pub saying… “OK, he’s definitely looking at you. I’m going to go to the bar, get us a drink and just check he’s not a psychopath for you.”

Your perfect date… A double date.

Friends describe you as…Their wing woman, nosey and a little intimidating to outsiders.

Most likely attracted to… Your best friend.

ELIZABETH BENNETT IN ‘PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE’

Likely overheard in the pub saying… “Listen, you are too good for him!”

Your perfect date… A live poetry reading, a library tour or reading aloud together in bed. Ideally a combination of all three.

Friends describe you as…Bookish, expressive, unwaveringly loyal and stubborn

Most attracted to… The emotionally tortured.

FANNY PRICE IN ‘MANSFIELD PARK’

Likely overheard in the pub saying… “I hope you don’t get offended, but the thing is…”

Your perfect date…Walking around the National Gallery and getting an early night.

Friends describe you as…Emotionally sensitive, complicated, pathologically virtuous.

Most attracted to… The boy next door.

ELINOR DASHWOOD IN ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’

Likely overheard in the pub saying… “I just don’t want you to rush into things, that’s all. Maybe you just take things slowly at first, while you get to know each other?”

Your perfect date… A cooking masterclass.

Friends describe you as…Sensitive, kind, practical, honest, mother hen.

Most attracted to…Eton alumni.

CATHERINE MORLAND IN ‘NORTHANGER ABBEY’

Likely overheard in the pub saying… “I looked through his Instagram. He seems nice!”

Your perfect date… Walking and talking in Hampstead Heath barefoot.

Friends describe you as…Imaginative, kind-hearted, optimistic, open, trusting.

Most attracted to… Sardonic types.

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