Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?
Image: Columbia Pictures, BBC, Universal Pictures

About This Quiz

These days, a lot of adaptations really miss the mark about Jane Austen. They tend to treat her work like a jolly romantic comedy that has no comment to make on the society in which its writer lived; it merely presents amusing situations and characters and lets their lives play out.

 However, as the smartest adaptations clearly understand, Jane Austen was a satirist. She wrote searing critiques of the absurdities of the society she saw around herself - one in which she could barely scrape a living, and had to depend on the charity of a brother who was adopted out from her family to wealthy relatives.

As a result, Austen's heroines ran the gamut from the initially quiet and easily silenced Anne Elliot, who grows into her strengths no matter what society wants from her; to the vivacious but thoughtlessly privileged Emma Woodhouse, who learns about the responsibilities due for someone in her position; to the downtrodden but never silenced Elinor Dashwood, who won't betray a secret no matter the cost to her personally; and of course, to the fierce Elizabeth Bennet, who stands by her family and refuses to bow and scrape to those who deem themselves higher than her.

Which of these women are you most like? Let's find out!

How tactful are you?
Not very.
Not at all.
I have my moments.
Very.

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How rich are you?
Not enough to entice a man.
Supremely wealthy.
I'm poor.
I'm gonna be poor.

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Do you give a lot to charity?
A little, when I can.
Yes, that's my responsibility.
Dude, I need charity.
A few pennies.

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Would you marry someone your family didn't approve of?
Totally.
They trust my judgment.
I never had to consider that.
No.

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Do you talk back to more powerful people?
Yes, I love it.
No one is more powerful.
Once in a while, I blurt something out.
I wouldn't dare.

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How fashionable are you?
Fairly, within my means.
I set the fashion, darling.
I don't care about that.
I follow trends when I can.

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Do you find it easy to admit to a mistake?
I'm working on it.
It's like getting blood from a stone.
Not easy, but not hard.
Yes.

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Can you keep a secret?
If I must.
Nope.
Of course.
I haven't really had to.

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Are you a gracious host?
I haven't had the chance.
Of course.
I used to be.
I could be.

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Do you make people laugh?
All the time.
They might only be laughing because I'm so cool they have to, but either way, yeah.
Not really.
They mostly laugh at me.

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At a dance, are you first on the floor?
If I can be!
Usually.
Not often.
No, thanks.

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How "accomplished" are you?
More than average.
Extremely, I'm good at everything.
More than people assume.
Fairly, because I have nothing else to do!

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Do you worry about your old age?
Once in a while.
LOL, no.
All the time.
I try not to think about it.

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Would you like to go to sea?
I never thought about it.
I might go on a trip, yes.
No, thanks.
Yes, with my true love.

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Do you challenge the status quo?
Yes, in small ways.
No, it works for me.
Yes, in bigger ways.
I dare not.

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Do you get on with your siblings?
Some of them.
I don't have any.
Yes, unless they are being silly.
Not really.

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How's your relationship with your father?
Very close.
I walk all over him.
He passed, sadly.
It's not bad.

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How important is status to you?
It helps some situations.
Status means nothing!
It can change your life.
I don't have a strong opinion about status.

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Do you fall in love easily?
Nope.
I can do.
No, but when I fall, I fall hard.
Yes, it's really annoying.

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Do you leap to conclusions?
Constantly, then I can't shake them.
Yes.
I do, but then I catch myself.
Not really.

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Do you have a lot of friends?
I have a few good ones.
Of course, everyone likes me.
I used to.
No, I'm not cool or fun enough, honestly.

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Have you ever moved house?
I might have to.
No, I will inherit my house so I won't move.
Yes, reluctantly.
A couple times.

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Do you love to write letters?
Yes, very much.
I'm really too busy.
Only to stay in touch.
Not really, I have nobody to write to.

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Do you love a man in uniform?
Oh, yes.
I don't feel strongly.
No, I don't trust them.
That's my favorite.

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Do you trust good looks?
Of course, goodness and handsomeness go together.
My own, you mean? Of course.
Not really.
I did once.

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Do you take criticism well?
No, I'm prickly.
It's water off a duck's back to me.
In the moment, no, but then I learn.
Yes, it can crush me.

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Do you care whether a man has money?
I'd like to say not at all, but I'm not naive.
No, I have so much myself, I don't have to worry.
Only to the extent that I have to eat.
Not at all.

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If you could get a job in those times, what job would it be?
Writer.
CEO.
Teacher.
Sailor.

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Would you go to London for the season?
Once, perhaps.
Yes, I enjoy the parties.
No, I hate all that.
I wish!

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Do you love a picnic?
It really depends who with.
I love a picnic!
I like that very much!
Not really.

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