It's been an arduous task, weighing the pros and cons of literature's most famous swoon-worthies - being forced to spend hours looking at the handsome visages and dapper figures of 6 Regency dreamboats (yes, I said dreamboats). This past week, Tilney dueled Darcy and Knightley dueled Wentworth, and the standings were as follows:
Tilney 4 | Darcy 8
Knightley 3 | Wentworth 9
And its all come down to this; I think we all knew it would: the Ultimate Swoon-Off will be between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Frederick Wentworth.
Now, to this point, I have just let you all go at it and give us your say. But since this will determine the winner, ie. the SWOONWORTHIEST MAN OF ALL TIME, I'm going to give you some things to take into consideration.
Both characters undergo a transformation. One goes from haughty to heartthrob faster than you can say "Take me, Mr Darcy!" The other goes from petty and almost cruel to positively peckable in the time it takes to write a letter.
And speaking of letters...
Both men are pretty damn good letter writers. Darcy writes a letter that reverses our opinion of him and cements are willingness to fall for him. Wentworth writes a letter that, well, may just be the most famous letter of passionate swoon in the history of letter writing.
When it comes to declaring themselves... Wentworth does write a damn fine letter, but Darcy lays it all out on the line (twice) face to face. Something to consider.
And of course, Prospects. Wentworth has a promising career as a naval officer (if you like a man in uniform), and Darcy has a bajillion pounds a year (if you like a man who will keep you in diamonds and barouches).I hope that helps you make your decision. I will not be casting a vote unless there is a tie (and god helps us if there's a tie, because I'd sooner cut off my right anything that choose between the two). Please make your voice heard. The Ultimate Swoon-Off is only going to happen once, so if you don't weigh in, you won't
Ladies, open your fans, prepare to swoon and ..... GO!
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