Mr. Edward Gardiner is Mrs. Bennet's sensible and intelligent brother. It is unknown how old he is, but that his wife is younger then his sister, but he could very well be older then Mrs. Bennet. He resides in London, in Gracechurch Street (near Cheapside), as well as rather close to his own warehouse. He is married to Mrs. Gardiner and has four children, two girls age six and eight (as of July) and two younger boys with a slight possibility of them having more. He relies on his income from “A Very respectable line of trade” and is fond of fishing.
Mr. Gardiner is a sensible and gentlemanlike man with easy and pleasant manners. He is described as being superior to his sister due to a combination of nature (natural ability) and education. He also shows himself to be conscientious and responsible during the course of Lydia's elopement.
What to call himEdit
- Edward - no one in the book calls him this, we only know it is his first name from a letter that he wrote to Mr. Bennet.
- Mr. Gardiner - this is how he is typically referred to, even his niece Elizabeth refers to him as "Mr. Gardiner" when she is speaking to Darcy (though later in the conversation she does also refer to him as "my uncle").
- My uncle - the Bennet daughters all use this appellation, with out a name attached as their primary means of referring to him.
- My brother Gardiner - when Mrs. Bennet is complaining to Bingley about the way Lydia's wedding appeared in the papers, she refers to Mr. Gardiner as "my brother Gardiner."