Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fitzwilliam Darcy

Name: Fitzwilliam Darcy
Nicknames/Aliases: Mr. Darcy, Darcy
Novel: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Role: Hero
Age: 28
Appearance: Handsome, but proud, Tall
Occupation: Gentleman
Talents/Hobbies: Reading, Writing to his sister
Place of Residence: Pemberley in Derbyshire
Virtues: Honorable, A good brother, Considerate, Clever, Feels Deeply
Vices: Seems Proud and Arrogant, Shy, Not Comfortable Around Strangers
Mr. Darcy (Deceased) - Father of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Georgiana Darcy. He also thought highly of George Wickham, the son of his steward.
Mrs. Darcy/Lady Anne Fitzwilliam (Deceased) - Wife of old Mr. Darcy and Mother of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Georgiana Darcy. Her sister is Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Georgiana Darcy - Sister of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. She is about sixteen years old.
Lady Catherine de Bourgh - Mr. Darcy's pompous aunt, Lady Catherine resides at Rosings Park.
Anne de Bourgh - Mr. Darcy's cousin. It was unofficially arranged by Lady Catherine and Lady Anne that Mr. Darcy and Anne would get married.
Colonel Fitzwilliam - Mr. Darcy's cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is the younger son of an earl and must marry for money.

Elizabeth Bennet (Future) - When Mr. Darcy first met Elizabeth, he insulted her pride by saying that she was not handsome enough to tempt him to dance with her. Soon after, Mr. Darcy began to fall in love with her, but when he first proposed, he was rejected.

Charles Bingley - Mr. Bingley is Mr. Darcy's closest friend. Mr. Bingley's father was in trade, but made his fortune, leaving Mr. Bingley with an income of 5,000 pounds a year. He has two sisters named Louisa Hurst and Caroline Bingley, who wants to marry Mr. Darcy.

George Wickham - Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham were brought up together as boys. Mr. Wickham claimed that Mr. Darcy cheated him out of his inheritance which turned out to be false.

Portrayed By: Laurence Olivier (1940), David Rintoul (1981), Colin Firth (1995), Matthew Macfadyen (2005), Elliot Cowan (2008, Lost in Austen)

"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me." (Chapter 3)

"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment." (Chapter 6)

"All this she must possess... and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." (Chapter 8)

"I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding—certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever." (Chapter 11)

"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (Chapter 34)

"But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence." (Chapter 34)

"Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased." (Chapter 58)

  Fitzwilliam Darcy is the son of a gentleman, old Mr. Darcy, and Lady Anne. When his father died, he inherited his home, the estate of Pemberley, and a fortune of 10,000 pounds a year from his father.
  Mr. Darcy was brought up by his parents along with George Wickham, the son of old Mr. Darcy's steward. Though old Mr. Darcy intended George Wickham for the church and intended that the living of Kympton, when he died Mr. Wickham declined going into the church and was compensated for the living. Mr. Darcy lost contact with Wickham until he accidentally met Wickham who was with Georgiana Darcy. When Miss Darcy revealed to her brother that she was going to elope with Wickham, Mr. Darcy put an end to the engagement before it lead to the elopement.
  At the point where Pride and Prejudice starts, Mr. Darcy is staying with his friend, Mr. Bingley, in Meryton, a village in Hertfordshire. There he meets Elizabeth Bennet and despite Mr. Bingley's encouragement, refuses to dance with her saying that she was only tolerable and not handsome enough to dance with.
  Mr. Bingley's younger sister, Miss Caroline Bingley, has set her mind on marrying Mr. Darcy. She tries to flirt with him, but recently he had noticed Elizabeth, who he called tolerable. Miss Bingley teases him about his admiration for Elizabeth's "fine eyes" and tries to put down Elizabeth and her family. He begins to fall in love with Elizabeth, though he struggles not to since there would be objections to her family.
  Mr. Darcy notices that Mr. Bingley has fallen in love with Elizabeth's eldest sister, Jane. Mr. Darcy sees the objections to the match, such as the Bennets have embarrassed themselves and that Jane doesn't appear to be in love with him. After the Netherfield Ball, Mr. Darcy, along with Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst (Mr. Bingley's other sister), convinces Mr. Bingley to go to London. When Jane attempts to visit them in London soon after, Mr. Darcy concealed her presence from Mr. Bingley.
  Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth meet again months later when Elizabeth was in Kent visiting her friend, Charlotte Collins (nee Lucas), and her cousin/Charlotte's husband William Collins, whose patroness is Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's aunt. During this time, Mr. Darcy realizes that he is in love with Elizabeth and proposes marriage to her, but Elizabeth declines due to his separating Jane from Mr. Bingley, what she had heard about his treatment towards Wickham, and his arrogance. The next day, Mr. Darcy writes a letter to Elizabeth explaining his actions towards Jane and Mr. Bingley and the true story behind Wickham. He then leaves Kent.
  He later runs into Elizabeth again, but this time in Derbyshire while Elizabeth is touring Pemberley with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner. He becomes very hospitable towards them and introduces Elizabeth to Georgiana and they have dinner together at Pemberley. The next day, Mr. Darcy happens upon Elizabeth in a distressed state; she informs him that her youngest sister, Lydia, has run away with Wickham and has created a huge scandal for her family. Elizabeth and Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner return to Hertfordshire while Mr. Darcy, without telling them, goes to London to search for Lydia and Wickham. When he finds them, Mr. Darcy bribes Wickham to marry Lydia and pays off all of Wickham's debts and for the wedding.
  Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley return to Hertfordshire a while after, and Mr. Bingley proposes to Jane. Both him and Mr. Darcy leave for a short time for town. When Mr. Darcy visited his aunt, she told him that she visited Elizabeth and tried to make her promise never to marry him. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley return to Hertfordshire and Mr. Darcy proposes a second time to Elizabeth, who accepts. They are married and reside at Pemberly.

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1940 Movie

1981 Miniseries

1995 Miniseries

2005 Movie

2008 Series (Lost in Austen)

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