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June 02, 2003

Dream Date

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

According to British women in their 20s and 50s, "Mr. Darcy, the dashing hero of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, has topped a survey of fictional characters women would most like to go on a date with." ["Mr. Darcy voted dream date" - BBCNews, world ed., 6/2/03]

Presumably this date would be with the Fitzwilliam Darcy we encounter later in the novel, not the one whose pride and prejudice prevent him from dancing or conversing with anyone who is beneath his station.

The list in its entirety:

Top 10 dinner party dates
1. Mr Darcy
2. James Bond
3. Superman
4. Hercule Poirot
5. Inspector Morse
6. Heathcliffe
7. Sherlock Holmes
8. Rhett Butler
9. Prince Charming
10. [Richard] Sharpe

Source: Books Marketing Limited

Yours, &c., LC | 02:17 PM | Writing & Language | Comments (4)

Comments

Robbed again!!

Oh. Fictional. Fictional. Whew...

Posted by: mrw at June 3, 2003 09:35 AM

I really do hope they meant Sean Connery [ad 2.]...No one wants to date Colonel Mannering, how disappointing.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at June 3, 2003 11:01 AM

Mr. Darcy is such a cocky, arrogant fool. But if that's what women want....

Posted by: PS at June 6, 2003 01:18 AM

Now, now. Darcy appears to be arrogant, and at first is guilty of ungentlemanlike behavior. But he's ill at ease in social circumstances, and by the end of the novel, his true character is revealed, and more importantly, he demonstrates a willingness and ability to change for the better. This is the Darcy women have adored throughout the ages. Well, since Pride & Prejudice was published.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at June 6, 2003 12:21 PM