Speaking of gentlemen, I spent part of the Weekend O' Romance watching two of my favorite movies: Chocolat and Pride & Prejudice. Le sigh. (Lest you get any ideas, I must tell you Mr. D was out of town all weekend so my swooning took place while sleeping single in a double bed.) While Roux isn't a complete gentlemen, his rougish charm wins me over every time. But it's Mr. Darcy who is the best literary hero of all time. Am I right? (I must grant Mr. Knightly a spot on the Literary Hero Top Ten List, Jane Austin knew exactly what women want.)
Exhibit A: He comes to the Bennett family's rescue and shells out scads of pounds to force Mr. Wickham to marry Lydia.
Exhibit B: He rescues the Bennett family's good name in secret.
Exhibit C: He pays off a man he loathes (with good reason--Wickham is a cad).
Exhibit D: He recognizes the error of his advice to Mr. Bingley and retracts it, allowing a happy ever after ending for Jane.
Exhibit E: He tolerates Mrs. Bennett who is an insufferable fool--most men would flee the country before embracing such a mother-in-law.
Exhibit F: His marriage proposal--the second one, duh.
Really, there is no contest. The real question lies here, which Mr. Darcy do you prefer to watch?
passionate, and still very proper
Readers, when you recover your senses, cast your ballot.