In my story, Darcy’s Big Wish, I imagine Darcy as a ten-year-old boy.
What would he have looked like at that age? As the son of a wealthy man, he would have been dressed in the latest fashions made of the finest materials. His hair would have been worn long, in the style of the era.
(Pictured: Thomas Draddyll, 1789. Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.)
In my imagination, he looked more like this boy, with long curly hair.
(Pictured: Owen Best, 2010. Child actor in the movie “TRON: Legacy.”)
However, when Fitzwilliam Darcy is suddenly thrust into his ten-year-old form, he enjoys none of the privileges he had as a boy. A child of unknown parentage could easily be sent to the workhouse, where he would have been forced into hard labor.
But who could not help falling in love with a beautiful, if somewhat arrogant child? Certainly not Elizabeth Bennet, who comes to his rescue and helps him find his way back to his former life.
Read about their journey together: Here