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Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship - The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor

Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship - The Secrets of Seduction from Jane Austen's Most Eligible Bachelor [Kindle Edition]

Emily Brand

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"Invites readers into the byzantine and hilarious world of early-19th-century English romance in this faux dating—er, courtship—guide from the protagonist of Pride & Prejudice himself, Fitzwilliam Darcy...Reveals attitudes typical of his particular time and place...many subtle, funny anachronisms...He advises potential suitors to “be tall” or, if this is impossible, “invest in a monstrous tall hat,” and, in typical Darcian bluntness, “ensure that you are not utterly disgusting to behold.” ...A delightful job recreating Darcy at his most cranky, aloof, and—yes—charming."—Publishers Weekly

"Pitch-perfect ability to capture the stodgy—and, of course, prideful and prejudiced—voice of one Mr. Darcy c. 1812 makes this tongue-in-cheek dating guide so utterly and delightfully amusing...This book is sure to have Austen/P&P/Darcy fans swooning."—The Book Page

"A delightful addition to your library...A seamless work. Some of the selections had me laughing out loud."—

"Downright hysterical...The things that Darcy would come up with are both exactly what I imagine he would say; just as condescending as ever...This is definitely a fun and quick read that will keep you laughing for a while. I heartily recommend it."—

"Takes information from real advice manuals and cleverly dishes out the information in connection with a favorite Austen hero. I highly recommend this book!"—Jane Austen Society of North America/Central New Jersey Chapter

"Written in Mr. Darcy's characteristic blunt, tongue-in-cheek style from before Miss Elizabeth Bennet tempered his opinions, the book takes a lighthearted perspective on courtship and marriage, the practice of which Darcy considers perfectly abominable. The book catches Darcy's characteristic pride for himself and disdain for all things related to love and marriage, all in his usually offensive manner. The commentary is complete with the inclusion of several humorous caricatures and charts regarding the content. Fun read."—Deseret News

Top 5 Austen-inspired Nonfiction Book of the Year—


Mr Darcy's Guide to Courtship' is no ordinary Regency courtship manual, composed as it is by a Fitzwilliam Darcy as yet unmellowed by contact with Elizabeth Bennet. Full of entirely justified pride and meticulously cultivated prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous (and most fancied) hero here reveals the secrets of his success with the opposite sex, offering hints to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship, including making oneself agreeable, identifying an appropriate partner and how to escape the unwanted attentions of rogues and fortune-hunters. *Also includes: beauty tips from Caroline Bingley, thoughts on the improper courtship techniques of Messrs Wickham and Mr Collins, reflections on spinsterhood by Miss Emma Woodhouse, and Darcy's advice to his many illustrious correspondents including Lord Byron, the Duke of Wellington and Mr Willoughby of Combe Magna.*


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1988 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: Old House Books (3. Juni 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mr. Darcy dishes courtship advice 4. August 2013
Von arbjames - Veröffentlicht auf
Obviously written from the perspective of a pre-Elizabeth Bennett Mr. Darcy, this volume instructs gentlemen, and, to a lesser extent, ladies on appropriate courtship behavior. It was absolutely brilliant and hilarious from start to finish! It was completely in keeping with Mr. Darcy's character. I would love to see a sequel written from Mr. Darcy's perspective after having achieved his own matrimony. The sections containing "contributions" from other Austen characters, as well as the "Ask Darcy" section at the end were very clever and amusing. All in all, this was an amusing, short read for any Austen or Regency fan.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent addition to Austen tie-ins 18. November 2013
Von Isa Vidigal - Veröffentlicht auf
Scandalous! And extremely amusing. It almost makes me wish Austen had delved more into Darcy's personality and that he'd been more like this.
Make no mistake, he's an appalling individual, as Caroline Bingley would have said, "Sir, you are shocking!" And indeed, Mr Darcy makes no effort to hide his disdain for his inferiors (basically everyone who is not is sister), and all his ideas as to how to deal with the fairer sex (and his opinions on the fairer sex) are as deplorable as they are funny.

Not to say that some of the advice isn't sound...

"As the early season of courtship is crucial in determining the potential success of a match, time should not be wasted in sighing, fainting away, refusing food or breaking into song."

"Though [love] manifests itself in heavy sighs and the composition of nauseating poetry rather than putrid boils and sweating fevers, I daresay the effect is no less offensive for observers."

Mr Darcy's opinions on the female gender even arouse the anger of one Miss Emma Woodhouse, who writes to him (and whose letter is included).

And one can see how is earlier courtship of Elizabeth was doomed to fail:

"While giving gifts ensures success with a particular type of female – just as a dog will favour any man who gives it treats (...)

"Entirely Appropriate Presents:
· Hints towards improving herself
· Time in your presence"

On the whole it was incredibly entertaining - and historically accurate, apart from some of Mr Darcy's more scandalous subjects (obviously inappropriate for fine society). And in the vast universe of Austen tie-ins and published fanfiction this was a decidedly excellent addition.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mr Darcy is a hoot 2. September 2013
Von Miss Lizzy 2000 - Veröffentlicht auf
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I laughed out loud at the advice Mr Darcy gives on courtship. So much of the book seems like background from P&P...before Lizzy goes to work on him. There is even a remark about never repeating a proposal, things to say (pretty much his whole first proposal to Lizzy) to prove how much you love her should she be your social inferior.
Miss Bingly contributes notes on feminine beauty since Mr Darcy feels he should not be writing on that subject. There is a letter from Emma Woodhouse about single ladies, a list of delicate compliments from Mr Collins (severely edited), and an article by Mr Wickham on flirting and seduction.
A very enjoyable book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I was excessively diverted . . . 20. August 2013
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Mr. Darcy's unenlightened/pre-Elizabeth views on love and marriage, presented as a series of his observations on subjects related to same. There is even one set written by Caroline Bingley. I spent a very enjoyable evening reading this and laughing a certain unmentionable bodily part off; I even read selected bits to my poor non-Janeite husband, who also enjoyed it. I highly recommend this to you, with the caveat it probably is best enjoyed by those who read Pride and Prejudice and/or its many sequels and variations.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Mr. Darcy's Dating Advice 21. September 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
A humorous book for any Jane Austen fan. This work is a quick and easy read. Other Austen characters "contribute" to the book and there's a "Dear Mr. Darcy" section at the end.

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