Written by bridget d
(9/20/2013 6:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "principle", penned by Nikki N
well it depends on how you define principles. If it is related mainly to matters of morality and religion, yes Darcy had no real faults of principle, but he had faults of manner and temper. Certainly Henry is a much worse person, but he is the villain of the novel, not the hero.
But I would say thtat D's fault Could Be described as partly one of principle.. like racism. He had been taught a bad principle, ie that people a bit below him weren't worthy of respect or notice.. just like a racist parent might teach a child that people of a different race were not really human or not equal. He has to unlearn that bad idea before he can change.
I agree that D has some similarities to Emma, in that they are both good people, - She is a good daugther and he is a good brother - and willing to be kind and helpful to poorer people, but not so willing to pay proper attention to those a bit closer to them socially.
Both of them have a fault of temper in that they are willing to be unkind to people, when they feel like it.. they dont control their behaviour as well as a really gentle person would.