Felicia, aka The Geeky Blogger, posted this Dear Jane letter this week, and kindly allowed me to share it with all of you. Thanks Felicia!
I wanted to tell you that while I adore and love you to pieces, you have ruined my dating life. I realize that most of the characters you wrote that I adore, you did so when just a few years older than me. I have to wonder where you found your inspiration. Were these wonderful men based on men in your life or in your dreams where you hoped to meet one?
Let me give four examples of the excellent men from your creative genius that have ruined my dating life!
Who he is to me: A fantastic example of a true, steadfast, and loyal man.
Who he is to me: Well other than I call him Edward Farris (it is the American in me), he is perhaps the most loyal and romantically understated man in your books. He makes commitments and sticks to them. Though in the end he does end up with his HEA Elinor, he does honor all the times he gave his word even at the detriment of his personal feelings and fortune. He is the man who owns the consequences of his actions.
Pemberley in Derbyshire. Handsome, tall, and intelligent, but not convivial, his aloof decorum and moral rectitude are seen by many as an excessive pride and concern for social status. He makes a poor impression on strangers, such as the gentry of Meryton, but is valued by those who know him well. Source wikipedia)
Who he is to me: Oh Darcy! How do millions of women love thee--let me count the ways. Of all of your characters, his pride is his flaw but also his biggest alluring quality. He is the man who doesn't recognize the love in his heart immediately but when he gets it, he truly does embrace his feeling in spite of what it does to his Pride!
Who he is to me: The man who is unafraid to tell you the truth but he does it from a place of love and protection. He is the one that will stand beside you through thick and thin!
What do all of these men have in common: they are loyal, good, and steadfast.
So Jane in a world that is full of men like Frank Churchill, George Wickham, and John Willoughby; how in the world do you find the good ones?
Thank you for listening! I realize that this is a question that you never quite got the answer too in your own lifetime but I am still holding out hope in mine!