Even if it's just the local nightclub, a few perfectly executed dance moves will work in your favour.Finally, if you're angling for the chance to chat to your potential date in a more relaxed setting, take inspiration from Emma and organise a small group trip into the countryside.If you're taking this dating game seriously, then it takes years of practice.Jane Austen has taught us that piano-playing is highly regarded at intimate gatherings, though at a pinch you can simply take charge of the stereo or laptop at house parties nowadays. Like Catherine in Northanger Abbey and the Bennet girls in Pride and Prejudice, you could be called upon at any moment to show off your footwork.Other times, it's a friend like the title character in Emma.You know the one - they think they're brilliant at setting people up, but actually it always ends in a dating disaster.Darcy because he’s a) snotty and b) indifferent but, after seeing his massive house and lake, well… Collins and is pretty condemning of her friend’s choice.
MORE: Countdown of Jane Austen's Best Cads Elinor, the more serious, straight-laced Dashwood girl, and Marianne, her temperamental, artistic, outgoing sister are like two sides of the same coin, and Austen always seems to suggest that everyone needs both a bit of Sense and a bit of Sensibility in matters of the heart.
Mr Wickham is the classic example, but there's also John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility - he's cultured, handsome, and smooth-talking, but also a serial seducer and heartbreaker.
Plus, if you happen to come from wealthy stock, beware the polite, dashing suitor, who could just be after your money, like Philip Elton in Emma.
He was also Emma's best friend, proving that nice guys don't always finish last.
It worked for Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy, and it worked (briefly) for Marianne Dashwood and John Willoughby.