Last week I opted for Elizabeth Bennet as one of my favourite female lead characters, so it’s no surprise that this week that one of my favourite male characters is Mr Darcy? Why? Because he is such a good match for Elizabeth and he is full of both pride and prejudice, but is capable of overcoming both in realising his love for her.
Other heroes are the fabulous Scarlet Pimpernel, because he is such a dashing hero, rescuing French aristos from the guillotine and always incognito.
Also Sydney Carton in Tale of Two Cities, seen to be a drunkard and useless but because of his unrequited love of Lucie he goes to the guillotine in place of her lover Charles Darnay. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known”.
Not such a nice, unselfish man as the others and I can’t explain why but I also like the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses – such a bad man! I loved the film Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and John Malkovitch.
A more modern hero, although one from Tudor England is Matthew Shardlake in C J Sansom’s books, Dissolution, Dark Fire and Sovereign. Shardlake is a hunchback lawyer who solves a series of murders – such a clever, resourceful man.