No, no, hear me out. I know Mr Darcy is smoking hot, and undoubtedly passionate (I think all of us agree he’s a man who’d burn up the sheets), and he’s also seriously rich with the most amazing house ever, but… Do you think the man ever lets loose with a really big belly laugh?
|Mr Darcy smouldering. Image courtesy of www.janeausten.co.uk
|Mr Tilney and his cute half-smile! Image courtesy of www.janeausten.co.uk
Henry Tilney certainly would. He has a sense of humour. He sees the ridiculous side of life and can laugh at it without malice or spite. He’s also considerate and kind…and that’s not something that Mr Darcy can be accused of in the first half of Pride and Prejudice. ;-)
Also, Henry Tilney is a man who can converse with some skill on female fashion--what a treasure! This probably means he wouldn’t mind getting roped into the odd shopping spree. Fun!
And, of course, a man who declares: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid,” is a man after my own heart. :)
I could slop soup down my front, belch, sing off-key (to ABBA), tramp mud into the house, and do bed hair in front of Mr Tilney, and I bet Mr Tilney wouldn’t mind in the least. I can’t imagine doing any of those things in front of Mr Darcy. What’s more saying, “Henry, can you grab some milk while you’re out?” seems doable, but saying, “Fitzwilliam, can you take out the trash?” does not.
Mr Darcy might win it in the overall hot and hunky stakes, but Mr Tilney is the one you’d curl up next to on the love seat to watch a rom com.
Also, I think this kiss scene from the movie adaptation is one of the sweetest kisses ever.
See? How cute is that kiss!
So what about you? Do you have a favourite Austen hero? Is it Mr Darcy all the way? Or maybe you prefer a tortured Captain Wentworth? Or the even more tortured Colonel Brandon? Or even possibly a bossy Mr Knightley?