I tease my husband sometimes, telling him the only man I’d leave him for is Atticus Finch as played by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird. Not Gregory Peck, mind you (although it’s a close call!), but the fictional Atticus. But then a friend reminded me of my crush on Mr. Darcy. Uh-oh. Who would I pick?
(Obviously, my husband, but let’s play the game for a minute.)
AtticusAtticus–good father, solid career, noble, brilliant legal mind, excellent shot, has an awesome Southern farmhouse with the best front porch, well-respected, hired cook, and looks like Gregory Peck.
Fitzwilliam–looks like Colin Firth, wears a cravat, owns an estate with lots of servants, mind-bogglingly rich, well-educated, high moral standards, and socializes with the best people.
Cons? Well, Atticus might be a little too good and it surely does get hot in Alabama. And although Mr. Darcy’s aloofness is part of his appeal, it might get old and he lives in an era when medical assistance still includes leeches.
So–solid, all-American wholesomeness? Or high-society Englishness? I’m torn. Which way would you go? Or would you choose an entirely different fictional character?
. . . do tell!