Oh yes, I adore her. And the author's ambivalence about her appearance is fascinating - the only example I can think of where the heroine is described as having facial hair.
Am I remember right that Sebastian Faulks in Faulkes on Fiction had some appalling remarks about doing her from behind. Horribly sexist book. He also talked about Pride and Prejudice as being about Darcy's journey. Women are just for "doing" apparently, never central figures in their own right.
Oh I hadn't heard that about Faulks. I missed those programs. I think Collins was ambivilent about her face, but when Walter meets her for the first time Collins does a detailed description of her figure and hair. I imagine her to be a woman like Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton, with strong faces.