An Officer or a Gentleman?
2 November 2015. Discovering Darcy I loved the Country Life article on how to recognise a 21st century gentleman. Darcy as an OfficerNaturally, it made me think of someone who wrote about the daughters of gentlemen in a world where marriage to a gentleman was seen as their purpose in life: Jane Austen. Her novels illustrate the two measures of a gentleman 200 years ago: birth and character. Her heroes tend to embody both, although her heroines are often slow to appreciate th