My A to Z of Pride and Prejudice – Letter D

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The April A to Z Blogging Challenge  is a month long event where I, and more than 2000 other bloggers, will post every day of the month (except Sundays) using a different letter of alphabet. The theme of my posts will be “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice.” Click the link above or the A to Z badge in my sidebar to visit other participants.

DD is for Darcy (Swoon)

“My object then,” replied Darcy, “was to show you, by every civility in my power, that I was not so mean as to resent the past; and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell, but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you.”
― Jane Austen

D-wet_DarcyOkay. So I’m not the only one to have a thing for Fitzwilliam Darcy. In fact, there have been many, many admirers before me and I have no doubt there will be many more than that in the future. And it’s not because Colin Firth as Darcy climbs out of the water in a wet shirt during the 1995 BBC adaptation of the story (Though, come on. That certainly didn’t hurt). There was something about this character long before anyone tried to play Mr. Darcy on screen that makes us fall for him.

Darcy is our flawed male lead. He’s brooding, arrogant, proud and quick to find fault. He seems to find the whole of Meryton society beneath him. Darcy isn’t kind to anyone. He even slights our beloved Elizabeth when he first lays eyes on her.  After months of debates and keeping his friends from her crude family, he can’t deny his feelings for Elizabeth any longer. Darcy begrudgingly asks her to marry him. In almost the same breath, he points out that he’s doing so against his own better judgement. All in all, he’s got some issues. Sad. Sadder still, he would be gobbled up by the local mothers as a catch for their daughters because of his enormous…bank account.

So if he’s so flawed, why do I love this character? Simple. Fitzwilliam Darcy redeems himself.  When Elizabeth refuses his proposal by throwing in his face his “selfish disdain of the feelings of others,” he’s surprised. Darcy leaves feeling shocked and humiliated. He could easily have gone off resentful and bad mouthed  her to all his friends. But he doesn’t. Instead Darcy wants to be a better man.

When Elizabeth shows up unannounced at his country estate some time later, Darcy greets her with kindness. He even goes so far as introduces her to his young sister. After her family is on the brink of complete disaster, Darcy comes to their rescue anonymously making the arrangements that will assure them relief. He does these things for her, even though he doesn’t know if she will forgive his earlier behavior.

Fitzwilliam Darcy does the thing we hope for, but don’t think people will do. He changes for love. What more could anyone ask?

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Matthew Macfadyen

darcy cowen

Eliiot Cowen

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Laurence Olivier

Colin Firth

Colin Firth

 

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18 thoughts on “My A to Z of Pride and Prejudice – Letter D

  1. What a wonderful idea to blog about dear Jane’s work! Colin was the best.

  2. I love that you have a Darcy poll on here. Awesome. Your A-Z is my favorite so far. I voted for Matthew McFadyen because he does the best job of going from snooty Darcy to sweet Darcy. I saw an interview of him talking about how he sees Darcy’s character and it was adorable.

    • I did like him in the role, but that version isn’t my favorite. I still lean towards the 1995 mini-series. I’m cemented there.

  3. Great post! Oh Darcy, be still my beating heart 😀

    This is a great topic for the challenge, really enjoying these posts.

  4. I was a huge Spooks fan (it’s called MI5 in this country) and knew that Matthew would make an excellent Darcy even before he was cast (and there are a lot of ties between Austen and Spooks…Rupert Penry-Jones, who took over for Matthew was Wentworth, Peter Firth was the first on-screen Tilney (although that adaptation was more creepy than romantic) and dozens more links…every single episode has at least one, if not more than one Austen actor in it.

    • Oh…I’ll have to check that out.

      I love the show Elementary because Jonny Lee Miller was Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park (well, that’s not the only reason, but it’s what made me start watching).

  5. What a great analysis of his character!! Thank you for pointing out that he has flaws. So many girls skip straight to the passionate part of him. Though as much as I love Darcy, my favorite male lead is Mr. Knightly. And he’s great from the very start! : )

  6. I’m so loving this theme…and kind of drooling on your blog, oops….

  7. Like you, I’m a huge fan of the BBC version. I think I may be few of the odd ones who doesn’t have a book crush on Darcy lol. Wentworth however is a different matter altogether … 😀

  8. Flawed characters are often the best. Thanks for the nice insight into the book (and it’s definitely been bumped up to the top of my “to read” list). And I voted for Colin Firth, because, you know, Colin Firth. 😉

  9. Colin Firth, most definitely! Enjoyed your post! http://lindacovella.com/my-blog/

  10. Thanks Linda (Colin Firth is my vote too!)

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