In looking back at my posting history I see that they’ve gotten longer. Not because I have more to say or to see how long I can make it before I bore myself, and thereby you, but because I really enjoy writing them and getting into the whole story telling part of writing non-fiction. It’s a fun departure from all the other writing I do – making stuff up.
To celebrate all the words and images I’ve slathered over your computer/laptop/phone screens and in honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a listing of some of my favorite fictional couples from books, movies and plays and some lines from them that have stayed with me.
Yuri Zhivago and Lara Antipova…Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley…Emma, Jane Austen:
“I cannot make speeches, Emma. If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
Richard Collier and Elise McKenna….Somewhere in Time, film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel, Bid Time Return
Beatrice and Benedict….Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare:
"When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married."
Margaret Hale and Mr. Thornton…North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
(not to be confused with the TV miniseries based on books by John Jakes)
Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars…Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
Lord Goring and Mabel...An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde. The stage play written in 1895 and the 1999 film version are both favorites of mine. Classic Wilde wit. Quotes from Goring:
"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself."
"Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear."
Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut of Siam…musical film, The King and I, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, derived from Anna’s memoir about her time spent as governess and teacher to the king’s children in the 1860s.
Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth….Persuasion, Jane Austen.
“Let us never underestimate the power of a well written letter.”
Frederik Henry and Catherine Barkley…Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke and Denys Finch Hatton…Out of Africa, a memoir written by the baroness and published under her pen name, Isak Dinesen.
“Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.”
Tris and Four...Divergent Trilogy, Veronica Roth
You likely notice the absence of some significantly "famous" fictional couples in literature. All entertaining and with that "Aw!" factor that makes you sigh or dab at tears. While I didn't include them, there is a quote from Gone With The Wind that makes me smile:
"No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how."