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 the 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.
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” – jane Austen Pride & Prejudice
It’s hard to find a real gentleman. Even in the novel Pride and Prejudice, where you should be able to swing a stick and knock down a few, you can’t come by one easily.
There are several men in the story who have the manners and refinement of a gentleman. Mr. Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam come to mind. They treat the people around them with care and dignity. But that isn’t what it takes to be considered a gentleman in England of the 1800’s. A gentleman is supposed to be a landowner who has no occupation (other than being a gentleman). None of these men fit the bill.
Mr. Darcy is ‘technically’ a gentleman, but it takes him a while to earn his stripes when it comes to respect and kindness. His early incarnation refuses to dance with women he doesn’t know and easily points out their faults. He looks down his nose at everyone and finds his pride a virtue.
It is with some help from Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy is taught about how a real gentleman should behave. At the end of the book he says, “By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.”
Hurray Mr. Darcy!
Let the rain of gentlemen begin!