Charlotte Lucas
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Charlotte is a best friend of Lizzie. Lizzie is shocked when Charlotte agrees to marry the "odious" Mr. Collins. Charlotte is more pragmatic. She is "old" as far as marrying age went back in the early 1800s - and is described as relatively plain. She was worried about becoming an old maid and, to be honest, would take what she could get. She admits later in the story that she designs their marriage so they are apart as much as often, and she in essence gets a nice house and quiet time to herself.

I've often wondered what it must be like, as an actress, to be chosen to play Charlotte. "You're going to play the plain, undesired one ..."

Charlotte
Kitty, Lizzie, Jane and Charlotte in the A&E Miniseries

Charlotte
Lizzie and Charlotte in the A&E Miniseries

Charlotte
Charlotte in the A&E Miniseries

Charlotte
Charlotte in the A&E Miniseries

Charlotte
Charlotte in the BBC Miniseries

Charlotte
Charlotte in the BBC Miniseries

Charlotte
Charlotte in the BBC Miniseries

Pride and Prejudice