Plain Jane: “I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
-Jane Austen’s ‘Mr. Darcy’ in Pride and Prejudice
It’s the first day of the Men of Austen Week! I couldn’t resist beginning it with this quote, and this man: Mr. Darcy. A character who perhaps possesses the most romantic lines in all of literature, Mr. Darcy stops short of being an empty, “too-good-to-be-true” character by also being characterized by real, human failings that make him both lovable and real. Jane, despite never giving her heart to anyone, definitely knew what the female heart was tender for.