Why is Fitzwilliam Darcy so appealing? First of all, he meets the basic checklist: tall, handsome, intelligent, and rich.
But more importantly, he expresses his feelings.
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
And after Elizabeth’s rejection, he becomes a better man.
I hoped to obtain your forgiveness, to lessen your ill opinion, by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to.
Isn’t that every woman’s dream? To have a man listen to her and change his ways if necessary?
And he enjoys Elizabeth’s sense of humor, which makes us think that he has a sense of humor, too.
In addition, he saves Elizabeth’s family by paying Wickham to marry Lydia, he stands up to Lady Catherine by choosing to marry Elizabeth, he doesn’t put up with Caroline Bingley’s rudeness, and he’s a generous brother.
What’s not to like?
In my Pride and Prejudice Variations, I think that early-in-the-story Darcy can look like a jerk, but end-of-the-story Darcy has to be that wonderful man we all adore.
My Frankenstein Darcy is part Frankenstein, but rest assured, he is still Darcy through and through.