Some of my earliest memories of Christmas involve the endless waiting for the big day and the delight we took in counting down the hours with an Advent calendar. Sometimes the tiny door would reveal a portion of the Nativity story, other years we would be greeted with a festive sentiment, and by far our favorite days were the ones greeted by a chocolate or treat. My children share my enthusiasm as well as a tradition of countdown calendars with their grandmother and I have three ready to go come December 1. Last year, however, I was given the most amazing Christmas countdown calendar of all. A treasured gift from a treasured friend.
When I first saw the cover of Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Calendar, I thought it was a traditional advent calendar, with a gorgeous image of Jane Austen’s Chawton Cottage home dusted with snow and trimmed for Christmas. Each tiny window and door looked numbered and perforated and I thought, “What a wonderful idea!! Someone should have thought of this long ago!” I could only surmise whether the recipient would be treated to quotes or chocolate upon opening. Continue reading Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar – Book Review
Mr Darcy, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, is one of Jane Austen’s most beloved male heroes from her novel Pride and Prejudice. He has a large estate of Pemberley which sits in Derbyshire and he has claim to a fortune of ten thousand a year. The Pemberley estate is extremely large with many acres of land to its claim. “It was a large handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills (174).” He inherited it from his father, who has died five years before the book begins. He has in his care a younger sister by the name of Georgiana Darcy whom he has sent to be educated in London. Mr Darcy’s best friend is Charles Bingley whom he stays with for most of Pride and Prejudice at his estate of Netherfield. It is while he is at Netherfield that local rumours begin to circulate about his eligibility. Mr Darcy holds particular hatred for a soldier named Mr. Wickham with whom Darcy grew up and attended school. Mr. Wickham was a favourite of Darcy’s father as a child but grew up to be an indulgent fellow with no principles and eventually betrayed his friendship.
Mr Darcy’s first description in Pride and Prejudice is when he walks into the room at the first dance of the novel, “he soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien.” However, he is soon found to be and extremely disagreeable, proud man with no consideration for anyone. As the novel progresses he becomes quite taken with Elizabeth Bennet, the second daughter of the Bennet family, a girl of twenty with no fortune. She has sworn to hate him. It is an attraction that tortures him throughout the novel as he weighs the evils he perceives in the connection against the strength of his passion.
Mr Darcy has been portrayed by Matthew MacFadyen, Colin Firth, David Rintoul, and Laurence Olivier. The most famous portrayal of Mr. Darcy was by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in 1995. Modern twists of the story include Bridget Jones’s Diary in which the Mr. Darcy character is also played by Colin firth, the Bollywood film, Bride and Prejudice and the chaotic approach, Lost in Austen.