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Mr. Darcy as played by Matthew MacFadyen
|Played by||Matthew MacFadyen|
|Friends||Charles Bingley, Colonel Fitzwilliam|
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a wealthy twenty-eight-year-old man. He is very fond and protective of his younger sister, Georgiana Darcy. He owns Pemberley and is best friends with Charles Bingley, despite his lower class. He eventually marries Elizabeth Bennet.
Early Life Edit
Mr. Darcy grew up at Pemberley, and is described by the place's housekeeper as having been an extraordinarily well-tempered and generous boy. At a time, Darcy was close with his later-nemesis George Wickham, as they grew up together due to his father's position as George's godfather and subsequent fondness of him.
Meeting at Netherfield Edit
"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."Bingley. While sitting, Elizabeth overheard a conversation between Darcy and Bingley, in which Darcy commented that Jane, whom Mr. Bingley was dancing with, was "the only handsome girl in the room." When Bingley suggested Elizabeth as a dance partner, Darcy dismissed her as "tolerable, but not handsome enough" to suit him. Elizabeth was offended, but retold the story to her friends; the occurrence resulted in neither Lizzy nor many in the Bennet family having cordial feelings towards him.
Visits at Netherfield Edit
At his and Elizabeth's next meeting, he "looked at her only to criticize," but he a little more, her cleverness and charming ways towards others are revealed to him, such as when she comes to her ill sister's aid. Though he tried to resist, he slowly came to admire Elizabeth and fall in love with her.
Mr. Darcy was found at first to be very prideful, though later he admits that it was just because of his shyness. He is also said to have some prejudice, though he openly said that he tries not to. Darcy seems to try to do the best for his friends and himself. This is shown when he split up Mr. Bingley and Jane Bennet, thinking that Jane did not love Mr. Bingley. However, like the act previously mentioned, he failed to see the consequences.
"Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of great opposition of character."
—the narrator on Bingley and Darcy's relationship
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun."
—Darcy on his love for Elizabeth