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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Austen Second Tier Men Bracket: Final Results

 It was a hard fought contest, but it seems that the Darcy clan just has what it takes.  After all, Colonel Fitzwilliam had the grace and courage to flirt with Elizabeth while Mr. Darcy himself was still being awkward and stand-offish.

But it was a narrow victory.  With final play rehearsals going on here, we left the voting open longer than we'd meant to and in the end the Darcy clan won versus stolid but faithful Robert Martin by a single vote.

Clearly Robert Martin deserved all the faith that Mr. Knightly put in him. 


Agnes said...

Will you do a similar voting about heroines?

mandamum said...

We enjoyed this very much. Team Robert Martin!

mandamum said...

Checking back in to say we just finished watching Love and Friendship, and it was great fun and makes sense of how there are no 1st tier men. We came back to re-read all the character contests in the 2nd tier. (Good luck to James Martin and his new best friend!) From the movie only, I would vote for Charles Vernon as a worthy hero if we were including the married men rather than just the marriageable. Funny watching some of my kids get the jokes and laugh in shocked amazement, and some of them saying, "Huh? What's a gouty episode?" (or "why is it funny that he found out the day after their wedding that they're expecting?" No reason to worry about that, my child....) And yay for Stephen Fry!

mandamum said...

"The Kentish Nightingale"

Austen certainly had an ear for the foibles of ordinary people :-)

MrsDarwin said...


Many of the zingers in Love and Friendship were actually penned by Whit Stillman. Did you know he wrote a novelization of the movie? The second half of the book is the actual text of Lady Susan, so you get two stories for the price of one. It's worth seeking out and reading. "The Kentish Nightingale" was written for the movie, and so was the episode with the peas, and pretty much all of Sir James Martin's dialogue.

Digging through the archives, I found our review of the movie: