Why (yet another!!!) P&P starring Darcy? Or, What’s So Special about Darcy, Anyway?

  1. He doesn’t write swoon-worthy letters (needs Captain Wentworth’s online course): www.howtowooawomanonemail.com
  1. He doesn’t have the advantage of having been loved and esteemed by his bridal choice basically since her birth.

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  1. He doesn’t have Tilney’s winning and stylish wit. 

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  1. Both Colonel Brandon and Colonel Fitzwilliam are more reliable – not to mention Edmund Bertram of Mansfield Park and – arguably – Edward Ferrars, of Sense and Sensibility, despite Lucy Steele.
  1. And, as Regina Jeffers only recently proved on these pages, most of the “pride” in Pride and Prejudice is on Darcy’s side, though there’s no shortage of pride and prejudice to go around. 

So – what’s so great about Darcy? Well, since nobody asked, here’s my take.

  1. Willingness to learn and change.

Nine out of ten Regency billionaires, having been insulted by their crush, would have vowed never to think of her again – and kept their vow.

Darcy takes a long look at what she said and why she might have said it, writes a dignified letter of rebuttal, and moves on.

But… he doesn’t move on regardless. 

Though not shown in the original Pride and Prejudice, in my “take” – Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Variation – now on pre-order and due for release on Friday – I show the stages he goes through, in terms of anger, denial, acceptance and added humility, even growth. 

With me, there’s no guesswork… you get the lot.

  1. Honesty. 

Darcy has integrity. He doesn’t pretend he’s crazy about the idea of marrying into a family of giggling younger sisters, people in trade, and rather careless parents. Instead, he admits that he isn’t. (An error, no question. But even Lizzy can’t deny his honesty.)

This is only one example of his integrity. In my new novel, he is notably honest with Wickham, for example, when confronting him (over Georgiana) in Weymouth. 

  1. Intelligence. 

Austen takes all the guesswork out of this one: “Though Bingley was by no means deficient, Darcy was clever.”

I’ve been married for over 35 years, and to an Englishman too – a Professor at the University of London who attended a famous boarding school and got a First at Oxford. His brilliance was definitely what attracted me to him – though he’s too gentlemanly to mention, with all his degrees, that the only one I have is – ahem – only in cello performance. 

Basically, while I am not deficient, my husband is clever.

Elizabeth, clearly, is also clever. Her brilliant wit speaks for itself – and certainly spoke to Darcy – and she is extremely well-read. 

Once she has finally accepted his hand, she asks him, “Did you admire me for my impertinence?”

“For your liveliness of mind, I did,” he returns. Outside of her famously fine eyes, it’s the first thing he notices, in fact.

In other words, in terms of wits, the Darcys’ marriage is a marriage of equals. And Darcy’s intelligence – even had Austen not, quite literally, spelled that out for us – is clearly attractive to Elizabeth. 

  1. Looks. Say no more.
  1. Millions. OK, these days, as Bethany Delleman has proved both on Facebook and here, in today’s terms, BILLIONS. 

Elizabeth tells Jane that she first learned to appreciate Darcy upon seeing Pemberley – and yes, I know it was a joke – but a place like Pemberley might well have rocked many a young lady’s convictions of its owner’s unworthiness. There’s a difference between hearing at a ball that some guy has got squillions in the bank – and between seeing his stately home, in all its glory.

Some have objected – and with reason – that Darcy’s not as witty as Tilney or as sunny as Bingley or as confident as Knightley – but comparisons are called odious for a reason.

He’s a great, great character – he comes through when challenged – and he’s perfect for the irresistible Elizabeth. 

Of course, this is only my own “take” on “What’s so special about Darcy?” Feel free to tell me yours, here or on social media: 

All the best,



And here are a couple of links to my new DARCY:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Darcy-Prejudice-Variation-Warleigh-Austen-ebook/dp/B0C96CN716

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darcy-Prejudice-Variation-Warleigh-Austen-ebook/dp/B0C96CN716

7 responses to “Why (yet another!!!) P&P starring Darcy? Or, What’s So Special about Darcy, Anyway?”

  1. Glynis Avatar

    I totally agree about Darcy, what a perfect male specimen he is. He’s definitely my favourite of all Jane’s characters. However I do question Elizabeth’s cleverness, she totally believed Wickham’s lies despite only just meeting him, not given any proof and doubts thrown by her sister and her friend. Thank goodness Darcy shows her the error of her ways.

  2. Alice McVeigh Avatar

    Hi Glynis and thanks so much for responding to my article!!!

    My own take on Elizabeth’s intelligence is this:

    1) She’s her clever father’s fav., and that could well be the reason
    2) She’s well-read (and without a governess!!)
    3) She holds her own with Darcy, who has been to university, and probably travelled, as well

    In terms of Wickham – you’re right, of course – but I might be biased by the fact that I was taken in, at about Elizabeth’s age, by a charming but ruthless guy, myself. Most of us here, dare I say it, are rather older than twenty, and what we might have been like at twenty only a memory. In other words, I don’t think falling for Wickham was a failure of intelligence on Lizzy’s part, so much as sheer inexperience. But I could of course be wrong!!

    All the best,

  3. cindie snyder Avatar
    cindie snyder

    My favorite too! Aside from his naughtiness once in awhile in the beginning what’s not to like!lol I think Lizz y was a bit naive to believe Wickham but she found her true love after all. Sigh

    1. McVeigh Avatar

      Hi Cindie,

      I think you’ve perfectly summed-up what most readers LOVE LOVE LOVE about Darcy!!

  4. Regina Jeffers Avatar

    Thanks for the lovely mention in your piece.
    As to Elizabeth’s cleverness, she has book smart, but not necessarily “street smart.” The society in which she lives is some “4 and 20 families.” Think about it: 24 families would be that of perhaps 2-3 streets in a modern city, and nothing says these 24 families are good influences on Mrs. Bennet or any of her girls. I mean growing up, I easily roamed farther that two to three streets, and I am terrible at choosing men for a relationship.

  5. Regina Jeffers Avatar

    Just as a point of reference for those who are wondering why Alice McVeigh has not responded to any of these comments, she is presently in Crete and experiencing BAD internet connections. She promises to respond soon.

  6. Alice McVeigh Avatar

    Thanks, Regina – and thanks for your patience with our internet. Makes me appreciate London!!!

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