Jane Austen’s Men

Maybe because she never settled down herself, Jane Austen created some mighty fine specimens for all of us to drool over – Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Wickham, and Frederick Wentworth to name a few. (If you’re not familiar with these names, you aren’t watching Masterpiece’s The Complete Jane Austen Sunday nights on PBS.) Now you can find out what their online dating profile might have looked like back in the day and pick your Austen man at PBS.org. After 40,010 votes, Mr. Darcy is currently on top. Surprisingly, Mr. Collins (the annoying clergyman/cousin to the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice) ranks seventh. I voted for John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. See his profile after the jump… John Willoughby
Age: 25
Job: Heir to Allenham Court
My Place: Combe Magne
Income: 600-700 pounds/year (approx. $360-$420,000 today)
Favorite things: Breeding horses, dancing, falling in love, dramatic rescues
Games and exercise: Hunting, horseback riding
Turn-ons: Romantic music, poetry by Cowper and Scott, reading Shakespeare
Turn-offs: Poetry by Pope, responsibility
My friends would call me: Pleasant, cheerful, elegant, charming, uncommonly handsome

Besides his not being into “responsibility,” Mr. Willoughby sounds utterly dreamy. [The Men of Austen on PBS.org]