"A grave-looking man . . . with an air of mote fashion and sense than his wife," Mr. Palmer acts in a consistently rude and boorish manner, probably to give himself importance. He complains because Sir John has no billiard room, declares his mother-in-law to be ill-bred, and continually insults or ignores his wife.
Elinor at first thinks that his temper is soured "by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favour of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly wife." But later she decides that he is rude because he wants to appear different from everyone else.