August 9, 2012

crushable proud gentlemen

Certifiably Crushable No. 10: Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
and Mark Darcy of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones series

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of good fortune is hopefully a delicious specimen in possession of a great personality, or at least has one when you dig beneath the layers. Oh, and if all goes well, he will want you for his wife.

Though initially jerks, Mr. Darcy and Mark Darcy come a long way in their respective stories, winning the hearts of Elizabeth and Bridget and me. They change their prickish ways thanks to the influence of the aforementioned ladies, which makes them good on paper and in life.

Favorite Scenes

From Pride and Prejudice:
  • The Netherfield Ball dance. So stiff and awkward with each other, but the underlying messages in their conversation shows a changing of opinions
  • Mr. and Mrs. Collins' parlor, where Darcy declares his admiration and affection for Lizzie, who rebuffs him -- and rightfully so at the time.
  • Everything at Pemberley, particularly when Lizzie and Darce have their awkward-turned adorable reunion.
  • The walk of reconciliation at Longbourn. Obviously.

From Bridget Jones books:
  • Darcy storming Bridget's family Christmas in book one. He saves her family, and later Bridget's holiday, from ruin.
  • Mark and Bridge scare each other on the stairs and fall back together.
  • Mark as Bridget's date to Jude and Vile Richard's wedding. He stands up to the terrible Rebecca and declares his love for his special lady.

Favorite Quotes

From Pride and Prejudice:
"I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."

"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."

"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever."

"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."

From Bridget Jones series:
"I like you very much. Just as you are."

"Rebecca," said Mark quietly, "I need Bridget."

Mr. Darcy is the original literary sex symbol as far as I am concerned. His character and story captured readers' attention in the 19th Century. Combined with the rest of Austen's legacy, women writers have a better platform for publishing, though it took a while and could always grow more.

He spawned Mark Darcy, a man who made pretentious lawyers sexy.

Not to mention, both Darcys gave Colin Firth an opportunity to share his gifts on the big and little screens. The women of the world rejoice. That alone deserves praise, indeed.

If only you weren't so condescending and hipster-like for a majority of the books, Darcy and Darcy, (and if only Mark hadn't shagged Rebecca in book two, break-up or no break-up) or I would love you even more.

I raise my glass to you, Darcys, and officially welcome you to the Certifiably Crushable Club. *clink*

Check back next week for two more crushable men.

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1 comment:

  1. Oooo, I love this. Both of the Darcys are very crushable, both in the movies and the books! Can't wait to see who will be next in your Crushable Men series. Fun!