No, no ... the green one!

Remember this scene?

In the 1995 BBC/A&E version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth, there is a scene where Darcy, while being assisted by his servant, is getting dressed to go see Elizabeth at the Inn in Lambton. The servant is holding up various coats, but Darcy insists, "No, no, the green one." 

We really like that scene in the movie (sorry, couldn't find the exact picture of it anywhere), because Darcy shows he's excited to see Elizabeth, but turns out he gets there just after she has received some bad news from home.

Interestingly, he seems to have on the same green coat in an earlier scene when he goes back out to see Elizabeth on the grounds of Pemberley, before she has a chance to leave. He's very keen on looking good then too, and that green coat was the perfect choice. Perhaps it was his favorite color ... or favorite coat!

It was for this reason that I wanted to have him wearing a green coat on the cover of my book, Mr Darcy falls in loveBut as you can see, our cover has Darcy wearing a purple coat with blue collar instead. Why not the green one, you ask? Well, as you can see, there is already a great deal of green in the grass and trees. I felt putting a green coat on Mr. Darcy would not make him stand out as he should. Of course, that meant I had to pick another color, and giving it some thought, I settled on purple to convey the idea of his wealth. I realize this is a bit cliche, but it was my second choice.

Therefore, if you are a real P&P aficionado, I hope 'you will acquit me of cruelty' in regard to the cover design of Mr Darcy falls in love for that purple coat, but please do give me some little credit for getting Pemberley in the background!
Here's a first sketch of Mr D in his green coat:

The one we chose for the cover is much better: