The Beast and Mr Darcy

What does the beast from Beauty and the Beast and Mr Darcy have in common? Well they are both unreconstructed males until love brings them to self knowledge and a better version of themselves. What I like about Austen’s prose though is that she is often even handed in doling out the imperfection in her characters. Elizabeth Bennet is blinded by her flaws just like Darcy; they both have a little too much pride and prejudice. In contrast, Belle is a little too perfect. And we know what Austen felt about perfection.

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