He derives his income from “a very respectable line of trade,” and he and his family live near his warehouse in London, in Gracechurch Street (not far from Cheapside).
He is married to Mrs. Gardiner and has four children, two girls age six and eight (as of July) and two younger boys.
Mr. Gardiner is a sensible and gentlemanlike man with easy and pleasant manners. He is 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.
He is fond of fishing and shows an interest in plant life during his visit to Pemberley. He seems to share his niece Elizabeth's lively sense of humor since he spends their tour of Pemberley encouraging the housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds in her excessive praise of Fitzwilliam and Georgiana Darcy.
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."