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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：59 更新时间：2017/2/26|
He is literature’s most eligible bachelor: handsome, wealthy, and the inspiration for countless romantic spin-offs in the last 200 years.
Fans of the brooding Mr Darcy, then, may wish to look away now.
For leading academics have researched how Mr Darcy was likely to really have looked, and the results are a far cry from the tall, dark and handsome leading man fans may have imagined.
In fact, a real-life Mr Darcy of his day was more likely to have a long nose, pointed chin, powdered white hair and pale complexion, according to historians.
The team, led by Professor John Sutherland, have now unveiled what they claim to be the "first historically accurate portrait" of Mr Darcy.
They did so by looking into the "scraps" of description that writer Jane Austen provided for her famous character, portrayed in countless TV adaptations of Pride And Prejudice.
Austen's relationships and the men who may have inspired her character and the socio-economic, cultural and lifestyle factors of the time were also factored in by the experts.
Her romances have been well-documented over the centuries with possible influences including the 1st Earl of Morley John Parker and Thomas Lefroy.
Both men sported powdered hair and had long youthful faces with pale complexions.
Other noblemen at the time, including Horatio Nelson, Leveson Gower and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, all also had similar features and were considered the pin-ups and sex symbols of their time.
The team subsequently concluded that, unlike Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen's depictions of Mr Darcy, he would have had slender, sloping shoulders and a modestly-sized chest. A muscular chest and broad shoulders would have been the sign of a labourer, not a gentleman, at the time.
His powdered mid-length white hair, meanwhile, would frame a long oval face and small mouth, a long nose, a pointy chin and a pale complexion.
Large thighs and calves completed the look, while, at around 5ft 11in, the fictional character was slightly smaller than the stars who have played him.
Presenter Amanda Vickery, Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London, who also worked on the research, said: "As Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in the 1790s, our Mr Darcy portrayal reflects the male physique and common features at the time.
"Men sported powdered hair, had narrow jaws and muscular, defined legs were considered very attractive.
"A stark contrast to the chiselled, dark Colin Firth portrayal we associate the character with today."
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