Charlotte Collins (née Lucas) is a major character in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. She is the eldest daughter of Sir William and Lady Lucas, and has quite a few siblings, including Maria Lucas. She is the wife of William Collins and a good friend of Elizabeth Bennet and the entire Bennet family. She is 27 years old at the beginning of the novel and was headed toward spinsterhood before marrying Mr. Collins.
Charlotte was raised in Hertfordshire as the eldest of many siblings in Lucas Lodge. Her parents were not particularly wealthy, so when she didn't marry she became a burden. She became an extremely good friend of Elizabeth Bennet, and also got along well with Jane Bennet.
She married Mr. Collins when Elizabeth refused the man's offer of marriage. Her parents were overjoyed and Lady Lucas started wondering when Mr. Bennet would die so her daughter could take over Longbourn. In the meantime, the Collinses live at Hunsford Parsonage in Kent near Rosings Park, the home of Mr. Collins's patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
At first, her marriage with Mr. Collins caused a rift to form between her and Lizzy, but they reconciled their friendship. Elizabeth even stayed with them at the parsonage and met Lady Catherine and Miss de Bourgh.
She is the eldest child of Sir William Lucas and Lady Lucas, and has several younger siblings including at least two brothers and sisters (one of which is Maria Lucas) Charlotte has never been handsome, and is described as being sensible and intelligent. She does not consider herself to be a romantic and marries a man whom she does not love or respect because she does not wish to become an old maid and he is the first man to show an interest in marrying her. After her marriage, she makes the best of things by arranging her household so that she does not necessarily need to spend much time with her husband and by pretending not to hear his more cringe-worthy comments.
- Charlotte - by close friends and family, including her husband
- Miss Lucas - before her marriage, everyone else as she was her parents' eldest child.
- Mrs. Collins - after her marriage.