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The Proud & Gentlemanly Snape

Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride & Prejudice

Don't ask me why I didn't think of him before because I have no answer. I've had the BBC series for a while and watched it a year before that in French as well and adored it! So no, sorry, no sound explanation for his not being in this section for so long.

"Meryton society decided that Darcy was 'the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and everybody hoped he would never come there again." (reminds you of a certain Severus whom, had he been rich and powerful, would certainly have looked the part ; )

"Darcy watches Elizabeth: 'Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.' Jane Austen" A very important aspect of Mr Darcy's popularity is how he seems devoted and incredibly in love with Elizabeth Bennet. Yet, he's too proud to admit it and he hates her even for holding the key to his heart while she also hates him for acting so high and looking down on her. But then, that's her main flaw because she didn't understand that he was strange around her because he loved her! ^_^ Finally some Snappish character who gets a real lasting chance at love!! Yeah!

 
Traits
  • disgusted by ridiculous
  • bored by people who talk too much
  • intelligent
  • rude with people 'under' his condition
  • witty
  • can recognise when someone's trying to seduce him easily
  • sarcastic in his own way
  • he's a quiet figure almost looming in the background
  • arrogant and snobbish looks
  • holds back on the things he wish to say
  • socially introverted
  • taciturn
  • handsome
  • fair to his servants
  • amiable man (when you get to know him)


When Elizabeth refused to marry him!
Ouch! What a blow to his ego and pride!


Mischievous smile and witty mind - Elizabeth's the only one able to get the upper hand with Darcy !

Essay (very interesting insightful interview with Colin Firth!)

Extract: "For example, in that first assembly-room scene I have to go in and be hurt, angry, intimidated, annoyed, irritated, amused, horrified, appalled, and keep all these reactions within this very narrow framework of being inscrutible because nobody ever knows what Darcy's thinking.  I've played some far more physically energetic parts, but I don't think that I've ever been as physically exhausted as the end of a take as I have with Darcy. "

I remember this particularly from the scene where Elizabeth and I have the argument at Netherfield: Darcy's emotional and doesn't want her to know it, he hates her because he fancies her, he hates her for being cleverer than he is during this particular conversation, and he's got the Bingleys as an audience. So there are a million things going on inside him, yet he has to keep himself together and not show that he is in the slightest bit ruffled; he mustn't reveal his turmoil. So he sits there, as still and calm as his emotions can possibly allow. Technically, you just try to assume all that and then play against it.

On Wikipedia

Here is a very interesting survey across England.  
Notice that 3 out of the 10 top choices are somewhat Snappish characters:

 

England survey by Book Marketing Limited:

Which fictional character would you
bring along to a dinner party date?

Top 10 dinner party dates (2005)

1 Mr Darcy

2 James Bond

3 Superman

4 Hercule Poirot (Detective)

5 Inspector Morse

6 Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)

7 Sherlock Holmes

8 Rhett Butler (Gone with the Wind)

9 Prince Charming

10 Richard Sharpe


Darcy observing Elizabeth with intensity. She thinks he loathes her... but he's secretly longing for what he cannot have unless he decides to marry 'beneath' him and confront his family...