As he was already looking for a potential bride, Rushworth immediately liked Maria and fancied himself in love. Maria's second eldest brother, Edmund Bertram opposed the match despite the amount of wealth Maria would be marrying into because he felt Rushworth was not very intelligent.
Rushworth is neither witty nor engaging, but there is nothing disagreeable in his manners. Edmund Bertram considers him to be dull and doesn't like to be in his company.
With a large estate in the country, a house in town, and £12,000 a year, Mr. Rushworth is a tremendously wealthy man.