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Book Review: Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship

“Some believe that where the yearnings of the heart are concerned, we all have a better guide in ourselves than any other person can be. Nonsense. In truth, you can have no better guide than this book, and I congratulate you for advancing your cause so unreservedly by your purchase of it.”

For two hundred years, the mere mention of Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy has caused hearts to flutter and bosoms to heave. The feeling has not been reciprocal.

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If that doesn’t make you want to read this book, I don’t know what will. Mr Darcy’s Guide to Courtship is a cleverly written book by Emily Brand. (website) The book not only gives you advice on how to court, but also features advice on beauty (from miss Bingley), reflections on spinsterhood (by Emma Woodhouse), improper courtship techniques, and more. Don’t be fooled though, this book is mostly advice for men how to court. There are a few chapters on women, but as Fitzwilliam Darcy is in fact a male, the book gives men tips. And what kind of tips they are! They have quite the resemblance with what men/boys do now still. And they didn’t work in the Regency era, and will never work in the 21st century. It’s amazing. The book is divided into six main chapters; Romance in the Regency Era, Making Oneself Agreeable, Selection a Wife, Winning her Affections, The Proposal, and an extra Ask Darcy. These chapters are divided again, with little quizzes (hints towards recognizing a harlot), a section about male grooming and for women, on how to receive a proposal, etc. Why do I like this book so much? Because it’s hilarious. Mr Darcy has been known as an arrogant boob, and I recognize myself immensely in this book. Also the little flirtation tips are hilarious;

If nothing else is forthcoming  consider the following, which are seldom complimented but may nevertheless be thought agreeable feminine attributes:

  • The happy alignment of her teeth
  • The neatness of her skirts
  • The symmetry of her form
  • Her skills in domestic economy

Ah yes Fitzwilliam,  you know the way to a woman’s heart!

Conclusion Do you have a fondness to Jane Austen, and mostly Pride and Prejudice? Then I recommend this book to you. If you like the Regency era, and have humour, then I would totally recommend this book as well. I basically recommend it to everyone because it’s brilliant. Not everyone will appreciate the humour that is Mr Darcy’s arrogance, but hey, we all make mistakes.

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You can get this book here.

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