Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Literary couples?

Booking through Thursday asks the following this week:

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Austen showed how first impressions can so often be wrong, or at least not be the entire story.

Daphne Manners and Hari Kumar from Paul Scott's The Jewel in the Crown. Scott says a lot about the western justice system through the tragedy of their relationship. Love cannot conquer political reality.

Maud and Roland from A.S. Byatt's Possession (no not Ash and Lamotte like everyone else picks). I love how they can't bring themselves to be "romantic" because romance has been lost in this post-modern age.