Unlike her youngest sister, Emma, Elizabeth grew up in the village with her immediate family. She knew Tom Musgrave when he first came to Surrey and she received a great deal of attention from him. She preferred a young man named Mr. Purvis, who later married another young lady because of a bit of drama in the village. Elizabeth knew that she'd never love anyone as much as she did Purvis.
She is quite a source of gossip for the returning Emma, as Elizabeth regales her younger sister with tales of their village and the surrounding towns, namely involving Tom Musgrave.