Booking Through Thursday: Coupling

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The weekly Booking Through Thursday question for today is:

Monica suggested this one:

Got this idea from Literary Feline during her recent contest:

“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.”

I have a feeling this question is going to keep bringing possibilities to mind all through the day. But probably at the top of the list would be Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. Though they got together in rather an odd way, there is much I admire about their relationship. One of my favorite quotes about marriage comes near the end of the book:

To be together is for us to be at once as free as solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking.

Other favorite couples would be:

Emma and Mr. Knightly from Jane Austen’s Emma.

Ma and Pa Ingalls from the Little House series.

David Copperfield and Agnes Wickfield.

Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette from A Tale of Two Cities — even though they were not an actual couple, his demonstration of love is one of the greatest in literature.

Father Tim and Cynthia in Jan Karon’s Mitford series.

In all of these relationships there is depth and maturity. Their romances are not just starry-eyed infatuation. They’ve come out on the other end of serious struggles with a greater, deeper love than what they started with.

You can find more answers or link to your own at Booking Through Thursday.

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11 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Coupling

  1. You know, I mentioned Laura and Almanzo, but I never even thought of Ma and Pa. Wonderful answer! I, too, chose Father Tim and Cynthia. What a loving couple they are!

  2. I love that you have Ma and Pa Ingalls on your list. After I wrote my response, I thought of all these ones I forgot to mention, and Laura and Almonzo were on the forgotten list, but I wouldn’t have thought of Ma and Pa.

  3. I haven’t read ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ yet, but this: “his demonstration of love is one of the greatest in literature” has moved it up several places in my to-read list. I’m oh-so-curious now 🙂

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