One of Austen’s most beloved male characters, Mr. Darcy is a character seemingly synonymous with Jane Austen. So, I got to thinking: what is it about Mr. Darcy that makes him so attractive?
I admit, Mr. Darcy was not my favorite Jane Austen character for a while. He’s distant. For all of his dissuading Mr. Bingley from proposing to Jane Bennet the first time around, he doesn’t exactly send clear signals to Elizabeth Bennet that he likes her. When he does tell Elizabeth that he loves her, he also insults her family. Hardly romance material.
And yet there’s still something attractive about Mr. Darcy. He’s awkward. He mucks things up at the beginning between him and Elizabeth but makes them right. He acknowledges that he was wrong.
He’s not totally unlike a guy you’d encounter in real life.
The Mr. Darcy type is someone who is not best known for their clear communication of their feelings. You might not be sure how they feel about you, or you might think they think of you at best in amiable terms. The Mr. Darcy type is someone you are not initially attracted to, but later realize that you do like them. And once you realize you like them, you find yourself unable to articulate a proper conversation with them. It’s okay. The Mr. Darcy type wins hearts mostly with their actions rather than their words…although their words are pretty memorable.
“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice