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Those are just a few, but there are so many to choose from! In honor of Valentine's Day approaching, please tell us which literary pair knocks your socks off, and why.
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Well, two out of those three ended tragically and the other pair spent most of their best years apart, so I think I'd choose elsewhere {wry grin}.

The first literary couple that comes to mind for me, a pair that really earned their happy ending, is Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane from Dorothy L. Sayers' "Lord Peter" novels. [One of my favorite bits from the books has to do with a rocky point in their relationship (one of many); it's mentioned that Peter is experienced enough to be able to appreciate the romantic ups and downs rather than angsting over them!]

Another favorite couple is from E. M. Forster's novel Maurice ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4227760/ ); Maurice is one, and the identity of the successful lover might be considered a bit of a spoiler so I won't name him here, but it's in the journal entries. [Side note: I see to my GREAT dismay that there are no release notes on that book. I had hoped that the data-loss from the site changeover had been limited to few, and older, release notes, such as a few I noticed from very early releases, but this one was released in 2006 or later, and it makes me wonder how much release info we really *have* lost... I wouldn't have noticed this one if I hadn't searched for the book in order to post it here, so there could be many, many others that I haven't noticed yet. Sigh.]

Oh, and then there's Faramir and Eowyn from Lord of the Rings - it's a minor element of the story but it makes me very happy every time I read it.
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also, the owl and the pussycat, because they are such an *odd* couple, and one of the first bits of poetry I can recall learning.
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Oh, and then there's Faramir and Eowyn from Lord of the Rings - it's a minor element of the story but it makes me very happy every time I read it.


Me too. I *like* that pair :o)
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Heather and Bruce of course :))
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They are real people....also, it didn't end well, especially for Abelard!
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They are real people....also, it didn't end well, especially for Abelard!


They wrote letters that were published. Strictly speaking, that makes them a literary pair.

Many romances don't end well...Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning for instance.
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Here, here! I agree!
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Brownie point for anyone who recognises that pair!
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I'd have to agree. (yay, brownie points!)
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Because I love how unconventional they are for victorians; and I love their interest and involvement in archeology and exploration. Also...they're brilliant at solving crimes and archeological puzzles.
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an unnamed atheist and former porn star and Marianne Engel. A love story that spans 700 years. Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
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. . . in "A Confederacy of Dunces." Their relationship works as comedy, but not as romance!
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I simply love the the novel of the same names as the two characters mentioned.
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from The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian. Maybe it isn't classic literature, but I just finished reading this book a couple days ago and they are the most romantic couple I have ever read about.
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Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette === ah, the ache!

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