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My Favorite Austen Men

I'm not going to lie to all of you. This statement is true for me.
Mr. Darcy was my first Jane Austen love since I discovered Pride and Prejudice when I was 13, so that automatically makes him my favorite. He is intelligent, handsome, and the kindest man on earth. There is a reason that almost every woman in the world is in love with him. If you are not, you're wrong.

But it is not just Mr. Darcy whom I admire. There are two other very special men of Jane Austen's creation who I think deserve more credit than they receive.

Mr. Knightley (Emma)
Knightley is perfect because he is the perfect balance of sarcasm, intelligence and charm. He loves Emma through everything and shows that the best love can grow out of friendship. "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

Captain Wentworth (Persuasion)
 *Sigh.* He waits for Anne for SEVEN years, even when she was persuaded to reject him the first time. If that isn't commitment and love, I don't know what is. "You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you."

Darcy, Wentworth and Knightley are my top three favorite leading men. For those of you who have read/seen Austen, do you agree with me? Who is your favorite? Who would you put in a top three?

For my gentlemen readers, who are your favorite leading ladies?


  1. I'd definitely say John Knightley is my top choice! Maybe because his character, and the story in general, remind me of the movie, Clueless (I've heard it to be a modern version of Emma.) But after Knightley, Darcy falls close behind.

  2. To be honest, I have not read a lot about Jane Austen's novels, so it is hard for me to compare and contrast. But I do think that Mr. Darcy is a charming man.

  3. I've ashamedly neither read nor seen any of these, but can I just say that I wish men still (sometimes) dressed like this? And rode horses? And waited seven stinking years for a woman?? Talk about hard to get... These guys are like princes from Disney movies. I love them.

  4. I ashamedly have neither read nor seen any of these, but can I just say that I wish men still (sometimes) dressed like this? And rode horses? And waited seven stinking years for a woman?? Talk about hard to get... These men are like princes from Disney. I love them.


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