Just wanted to bring back this series by the awesome Tiffany Harrisone back. I love Jane Austen. -Kira
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that not all Darcy’s are created equal. As women of the modern day dating scene, we are very aware of this unfortunate reality. Nonetheless we’re all on the lookout for the “right” Mr. Darcy. Well….at least those of us are that have endlessly admired the way Colin Firth steps out of the lake with his linen shirt plastered to his chest. Or maybe it was Matthew Macfayden’s bold stride across a misty-morning field that did you in. Then again it could be the original Darcy, from the pages of Pride and Prejudice, which convinced you to hold out for your own proud, yet secretly passionate hero.
Whichever your reason, many of us hold to the belief that the “right one” is out there somewhere. But is Darcy what we should be setting our sights after? The contemporary dating scene is as fraught with complication, innuendo and secretly longing glances as a Jane Austen novel, but one size doesn’t fit all. Neither does a Darcy. What about the other male heroes of Austen’s novels? Why aren’t we out there looking for a Knightley or a Wentworth? Austen had a knack for creating unforgettable characters and Darcy is far from alone in his admirable characteristics (or his flaws). Despite the fact that he is arguably the most popular Austen hero, he *gasp* isn’t necessarily the best standard for relationship material.
For those I’ve offended with this blasphemous statement, I apologize. I do, in fact, adore Darcy. But as different as we are in relationships, it only makes sense to weigh your options. Just as Darcy isn’t for everyone, we all aren’t a Lizzie Bennett. Why not Anne Elliot or Emma Woodhouse? Perhaps you’re more of a matchmaker than you realized.
Let’s take a closer look at what the other Austen heroes have to offer in a relationship and maybe you won’t mind Darcy moving to the back of the line. The beauty of dating is that it encompasses choice and variety. Well, ladies….say hellooooooo to these eight fabulous choices. Here’s hoping your dance card isn’t already full.
Captain Frederick Wentworth [of Persuasion]
“I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own.”
If you’ve ever found yourself drawn to the gallant, independent and make-his-own-way-in-world type of guy, Captain Wentworth is the perfect model of comparison. Unlike other Austen heroes, Wentworth doesn’t come from money or aristocratic connections. He must work hard for everything and despite having his heart crushed by his true love, Anne Elliot, Wentworth retains his consideration and good manners. Of course he gives Anne a hard time upon seeing her after eight years apart—who wouldn’t be slightly bitter after having their heart stomped on?—but he eventually overcomes his pride and shame at her initial refusal. If you’re a sucker for a good love letter, Wentworth has that covered as well. This combination of commitment, a forgiving nature and equal partnership sets the stage for a lasting and passionate relationship. If it’s a Wentworth you’re searching for, learn from Anne Elliot and follow your heart.
George Knightley [of Emma]
“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
Honest and straightforward to a fault, Knightley is the man who will voice his opinion even if the truth hurts. As Emma Woodhouse comes to see, though, this honesty is tempered by his kind heart and sense of tact. This is a man perceptive enough to see you for who you are, and love you all the more for it. While he might demonstrate self-control in all other aspects of life, love makes him impulsive and prone to spontaneous declarations of affection. Maybe you’re best friends with a Knightley and haven’t yet realized how much he actually cares for you. A relationship with a Knightley usually grows out of a long-term friendship, making it one not to be missed out on. Just as Emma and Knightley discovered, the one you’re looking for may have been right in front of you all along.
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