Ahh, now I understand!
Written by Ann2
(4/23/2003 3:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: The author's voice, penned by Myretta
That would certainly explain why as an emotional reader(as opposed to the analytical proficients) I have always preferred a mixture of Henry T and Darcy to the other Austen heroes. There is something irresistibly charming about Henry and his outlook on life would be a neat assurance against dreary everyday life.(As I am sure living near Jane Austen and enjoying the advantage of her letters must have been).
Darcy is just almost too good to be true and IMO an outstanding creative achievement. Whenever I try to decide what parts of Darcy would blend with Henry's to form the perfect man, I start out with Darcy's heart and Henry's mind but that's to put it clumsily.
Henry is - perhaps due to his taking part in a parody - a bit too lighthearted. One could not do without the underlying sincerety and deeply felt emotions in Darcy. His ability to change his entire outlook on fellow beings when convinced that he has been at fault is of course absolutely priceless. You simply have to respect such a man. Suppose you need advice and comfort. When considering the stability, circumspection and cleverness in Darcy I can't help but feel that on his own Henry is more of a teasingly bouncing balloon or a Cheshire Cat.
Little wonder then that P&P always wins out the novel contest. You get Darcy and as a fringe benefit the whole of it is spiced by being told to you by Henry!!
(Sorry if this is too austentatious)