Character Match-Making: Jamie and Mr. Darcy

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In acknowledgement of Valentine's Day, today I want take up the role of match-maker and explore another possible set of lovers: Jamie from the Bride by Julie Garwood and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. As per usual, I will list the reasons these two would be a great couple as well as any identifying traits they might have in common. So, without further ado, let us begin the match-making.

Truly. I don't know how either of them gets anything done. It's almost spectacular that they get anything done, really. They're stubborn, sort of bossy, and feel the need to run everything. At the same time, they're easy to love.

I'm a firm believer in inter-racial long term relationships, but those who have read The Bride know that while Jamie certainly did her best in trying to adjust to her new Scottish home and ways, she had a hard time of it. Not only is Darcy English, but he's ENGLISH-English. He's posh, well-mannered, (for the most part) and will most likely agree to putting up a painting of William IV.

I've recognized this all-or-nothing trait in both of them. After Jamie wed the Scotsman Alec Kincaid, she wasn't about to leave her family for someone she didn't know or even remotely care about, even if they were married. At her home in England, she took care of everything from cleaning to cooking, and everything in between because she felt like it was her job to take care of her family. Mind you, she is the youngest of five girls. Her father, who is not her biological father, she loved with all of her heart and therefore did everything he asked of her and more. Mr. Darcy, on the other hand, revealed quite a lot about himself when he professed his love to Lizzy. He disclosed everything there was to know about him.

I find this ridiculous. It's like they think thrice before they do anything instead of twice. These two don't do anything without good reason. At the ball Mr. Bingley threw in Netherfield, Darcy didn't dare talk to anyone outside of his circle of friends (except Lizzy, of course, and that must have been excruciating for him) He didn't dance with anyone but Lizzy because he felt everyone else was below him. And, if I'm sorely mistaken, Jamie never did anything just for the sake of it. She gave adequate reasons for everything she did, even when nobody asked.

Well, there you have it. These are the reasons why Jamie and Mr.Darcy would make a wonderful and amusing couple. I have more, of course, but if I listed them all, we would really be here all day. I might actually post a second part to this in the future. I think this will have to suffice for now, Happy Valentine's Day!

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