What is it about Mr. Darcy that captures our imagination? For starters he is rich, handsome, dedicated to those he loves, rich, handsome, a faithful friend, a take charge kind of man, honorable and in case I failed to mention it, rich and handsome.
Until modern times, many women obtained a manor house and money by marrying some buck-toothed, alcoholic imbecile. As a result, the timeless fantasy of obtaining the title and the manor house without having to blow out the candles and think of Britain on the wedding night is quite strong. Mr. Darcy is one personification of this fantasy. Created during a time when many women needed to believe that marriage for love was possible, he is a character worthy of fantasies. After all, who wants reality?
Reality fills the pages of Sex with the Queen, the companion book to Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman (an excellent book I heartily recommend). After reading true stories of princesses sacrificing their happiness on the altar of duty, I'm ready to cheer when the fictional Elizabeth refuses Mr. Collins. I also pity poor Charlotte but I'm quickly distracted with thoughts of Mr. Darcy. He represents our desire to see true love prevail and if true love happens to come with Pemberly, who are we to question it?