I believe that Austen can teach us much more about modern dating and relationships than has currently been explored.
It’s a dating advice book culled from the Austen oeuvre, with chapters entitled things like “Dress Up,” “Find a Man, Not a Guy,” and “Be Quite Independent.” This witty, brief new guide is part of an “Austen advice” mini empire, coming on the heels of Elizabeth Kantor’s rather conservative Certainly, there is infinite wisdom to be culled from Austen (she remains my favorite author).
Intrepid former dater and award-winning journalist Amanda Hooton turns to the ageless wisdom of Jane Austen to solve the eternal dilemmas of romance: how to be as clever as Elizabeth Bennet, as dignified as Elinor Dashwood and as confident as Emma Woodhouse; how to avoid shagging Mr Wickham, marrying Mr Collins, or being dumped by Willoughby; and most importantly of all, how to find Mr Darcy, grapple him to your soul with hoops of steel, and become the part-owner of a country estate in Derbyshire.
Sure, there are other women who would love Darcy (Caroline being the most obvious), but they wouldn’t make Darcy happy.
The world of Austen scholarship has been ruffled by an American academic’s discovery that her work has been appropriated by members of the alt-right, a loose collection of white nationalists, pseudo-libertarians, overt racists, antisemites and isolationists whose influence helped to propel Donald Trump to the presidency last year.
We’re apparently towards the end of a Jane Austen self-help binge.
So without further ado, I present a sampling of other dating advice gleaned from classic books.
The following morsels of insight will be very useful in many kinds of romantic situations.