The Top Five Qualities of a Lovable Earl
I think a lovable earl would have the same top five qualities as a lovable person. But what makes a person lovable? That’s a question that might have a wide range of answers. For me, the basics would have to include:
Kindness. Any given earl might not be kind at first meeting. As a nobleman, he might have been spoiled, or deferred to far too much, or required to be overly responsible and gone stiff and distant. Maybe his empathy has to be awakened through his interactions with the heroine, but the capacity has to be there, bone deep.
A sense of humor. I require an earl who can laugh – at himself, at the foibles of society, at the heroine, on occasion. Never out of meanness, of course. See point one. And if he needs a spirited young lady to bring laughter back into his life, all the better.
Intelligence. I like an earl who can be clever, who’s interested in learning. He doesn’t have to be an intellectual, but he should have a few ideas beyond the folds in his neckcloth.
A touch of humility. Let’s face it, earls have a tendency to be full of themselves. You can’t entirely blame them. They’re earls. But impenetrable arrogance is not lovable, in my book. My ideal earl is capable of seeing how annoying he can be, eventually, with a little help from a determined love interest.
And finally, fun. I want an earl with a light-hearted side, perhaps a touch of the mischievous. A couple should be able to enjoy things together, to show each other how to savor life to the full.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the earl in question has piles of money, a luxurious estate, a handsome face, and beautiful manners to go with his social position. But if he’s going to be truly lovable, for me, he needs these deeper attractions too.
Is there anything you would add to the characteristics of an ideal earl?
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Jane Ashford has written historical and contemporary romances. Her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. She has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews.