The ongoing popularity of Pride and Prejudice (and all of Jane Austen’s writings) is due in large part to the universality of her characters. Can’t you see Lydia today, jabbering on a cell phone while hanging out at the mall? Or Mr. Collins using an on-line dating service to find Mrs. Right? The characters are as real and as believable as they were 200 years ago. So how would Lizzy’s and Mr. Darcy’s compatibility be assessed in today’s world? In our world of personality tests and marketing analysis, I am not sure this match would be seen in a prudential light.
In Myers-Briggs lingo, Mr. Darcy presents as a full-blooded INTJ. He is a problem-solver with strong opinions, competent at analyzing complex and theoretical material. He may appear insensitive to others (which isn’t always true underneath) and loves spirited debate, although he will value his opinion over those of others. He supposedly would be a good scientist, CIA operative or corporate executive.
In contrast, Lizzy is a classic ENFJ. She is a charismatic and engaging people-person who likes to offer wisdom to the world at large, exuding charm and striving for harmony. She enjoys talking and learning from others and would make a good social worker, sales person or politician.
Scientifically, they are two personality types least likely to have a successful relationship. Jane Austen must believe that opposites attract. As they grow and mature through the book, there is more than enough merit between them to make one good sort of match.