Darcy vs. Mr. Knightley
Ask any woman who has ever read Jane Austen which of that author’s heroes is their favorite, and you’re likely to hear a distinctly non-21st century swoony sound, followed by a single utterance. “Darcy.”
As someone who, during bouts of insomnia and Chocolate Therapy ice cream overload, embarrassingly moons over the video of Colin Firth rising dripping wet from the lake at Pemberley, I can testify to the truth of Darcy’s heroic sublimeness.
Or, as Lizzy says to her father in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, “I didn’t always love him, but I love him now so very dearly. He is truly the best man I have ever known.”
Yes, but is he Austen’s most perfect hero? I would argue that while he is the romantic equivalent of a bungee jump in the arms of someone you know will never let you plummet to your death, another of the author’s heroes should also be considered.
Wildly underestimated in comparison to Darcy, Mr Knightley from Emma is the hero I believe many of us would actually bond with in the real world. Darcy plays the larger-than-life stranger who dangles happiness in front of a socially straight-jacketed Lizzie, but Mr. Knightley—the mild-mannered country neighbor to spoiled, rich girl Emma—represents a love so intuitive and understanding it can never go wrong.
Wait. I hear the cries of dissent now.
That was me!
Yes, yes, a nice man, plus he’s rich, which never hurts, but boring!
Mr. Knightly is steady, solid and familiar, which does sound boring, though his steadiness is one secure enough in his manhood to allow Emma to explore her world without trying to force her back into society’s mold. His solidness offers Emma a safe, rock-sure foundation to which she can always return. He does have a spine, readily calling her out for her thoughtlessness toward poor Miss Bates and meddling in Harriet's love life. Yet his ability to forgive is never in question, as Lizzie fears is the case with Darcy during her moment of crisis. And as for being familiar, I find something completely satisfying and, yes, romantic, in knowing you have always been accepted for who you are, always loved by another.
Let me fantasize a galloping epic of a love story with Darcy, but in real life, please direct me toward my own Mr. Knightley.
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Looks fab! so tell us a little bit about your particular book, Aileen.
I can't wait!!!
Okay, this magical box set is out on June the 16th - only just over a week to go, so grab your copy now.
Thanks so much for coming on, Aileen and all the best with your books. :-)