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Searching for Mr. Darcy
Searching for Mr. Darcy

Approaching self-declared spinsterhood, I blamed Jane Austen. Having read all her novels and watched achingly gorgeous film adaptations thereof, I would consider only men who epitomized one of those gallant and stouthearted Regency-era heroes (barring the breeches and riding jackets because, well, I had to be realistic). Yet here was the sad but universal truth: If Jane Austen couldn't find a suitable mate in her day and age — she never married — there was no way in hell I'd ever find my "Mr. Darcy" in L.A., of all places. Sure, you could find a regimental army's worth of rogues at any bar in Hollywood. And this town was teeming with preening and...

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