Jane Austen’s most inconspicuous character

Actually I suppose there are many such in all Jane Austen‘s works, but the one I feel sorry for most is in Pride & Prejudice. A character who I should imagine was invaluable to Mr Bennet, indolent man that that he was and we know him to be as Miss Austen rightly points out.

We do not know this characters name, but we do know he’s at ‘Longbourn”  and we meet him for a fleeting second, well one short sentence; ………, when they were met by the butler who said, “If you are looking for my master, ma’am, he is walking towards the little copse.” (Vol.III Chap. vii).

Poor chap doesn’t even get an acknowledgement from the girls.

One can see why in any productions of Pride & Prejudice his character never appears, hardly worth while casting anybody for the part is it?

Who he was we’ll never know, nor will we know Mr Darcy’s or Mr Bingley’s  but surely they too would have had a butler!

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