If you’re a literature nerd, or have sat through any high school English course, then you probably have heard of the two biggest heartthrobs in British lit. They’re both a little moody, really complicated, and VERY wealthy. But if they went head to head, who would come out as the ultimate British male love interest?
First, let’s look at Mr. Darcy:
“In vain have I 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.”
In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen he is described as being ridiculously handsome, but really socially awkward and pretty rude. Even if he does like someone, he tends to come off as pretty snobbish (example A being the dance incident at the beginning of the book). He is a representation of what the typical wealthy British aristocrat would be like. Prideful and snobby, but you got to admit he’s got a way with words. And in the end, he admits to his prideful faults as Elizabeth admits to her prejudice ones.
Next, Mr. Rochester:
“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.”
Rochester is very similar to Darcy in the ways that they are both: rich, moody, and speak poetically. Rochester tends to play the “tortured soul” part and can be quite intense and moody. Rochester is not described to be as beautiful as Darcy. Okay, I know Charlotte Bronte described him as unattractive in the book but Michael Fassbender definitely made one dreamy Rochester. And what Rochester lacks in looks, he makes up for in words. Where as sometimes Darcy struggles with conversation, Rochester has no problem with it. The only problematic thing might be is the mentally ill wife he keeps locked upstairs.
So, who would you pick between these two dreamy British dudes? Personally, I would have to go with Rochester but Darcy is also dear to my heart. Let me know in the comments below!