I'm pretty sure Jane Austen knew Colin Firth personally. Who else could have inspired the dashing Mr. Darcy?
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Mr. Darcy: Showing the boys how not to propose since 1813.
Oh, Mr. Darcy! I love that the BBC adaptation of Austen's novel was so true to the book. (And Colin Firth IS Mr. Darcy.) Reading and re-reading the book, I never fail to be amazed by Jane Austen's wit and dialogue.
Hey Girl, I’ve just been meditating on your fine eyes and pretty face. - Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice