Here's the article.
It's got some pretty good points, but I contend that the best Austen hero completely depends on who you are and where you are on your own romantic trajectory.
When I was reading Jane Eyre for the first time (yes, I know it's not by Jane Austen), I couldn't get over how much I loved Mr. Rochester. He's so dark and mysterious and brooding. But then, rereading it years later, I realized that Rochester is a secretive, explosive, manipulative coward. Not quite as appealing to my more worldly self. Maybe Rochester was "perfect" for me then, but certainly not now. And just like Rochester, there is no perfect Austen hero. There's only the perfect Austen hero for you, at this moment.
For me, the sweet spot is Captain Wentworth. He's the once spurned (often overlooked) but reluctantly faithful hero of Persuasion. He's
been heartbroken and he's a little vengeful, but in the end he just can't help loving who he loves. And he seems like the most real and honest of the Austen men. At least to me, at this moment. But who knows, ask me again in a year and I may be convinced that Mr. Bingley is the perfect man (doubtful).
Who's your favorite Austen man? If it's anyone other than Captain Wentworth (more like Captain Perfect!), it's probably because you haven't read Persuasion. Just kidding! I'm sure your favorite Austen man is perfect for you.
Seriously though, read Persuasion. It's Captain Wentworth. Hands down.
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