Brontë, Emily, Worst couples in literature, Writers, Wuthering Heights

11 worst couples in literature – No.1: Heathcliff & Catherine from Wuthering Heights

No.1. Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) Heathcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights topping our list of the worst couples in literature? "Surely not?!" I hear you say. Isn't Wuthering Heights a famous love story? Let me be clear, I adore the book. It is one of the most passionate and heartfelt novels… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature – No.1: Heathcliff & Catherine from Wuthering Heights

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Illustrations from early additions of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Alec and Tess plus Angel and Tess
Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles

No.2. Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) We continue our worst couples run down with Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman. It is a remarkable novel, full of interesting things and wonderful writing. And no less than two rotten relationships. Spoiler alert! Angel and Tess: This… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White

No.3. Laura Fairlie and Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) * * Spoiler alert - don't read this if you haven't yet read the book * * Oh dear - this marriage was spectacularly doomed from the start. The utterly broke Sir Percival Glyde can appear charming and gracious, but he's… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White

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11 worst couples in literature: Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby

No. 4.  Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens) Spoiler alert! The only reason this marriage doesn't happen is that Madeline's father dies one hour before the ceremony is due to begin. But imagine if it had. She is a sweet-natured 18 year old beauty, while he is a 75 year old… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Madeline Bray and Arthur Gride from Nicholas Nickleby

Book trivia, Brontë, Charlotte, Jane Eyre, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Bertha Mason and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre

No. 5.  Bertha Mason and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre Spoiler alert! Clearly not a successful marriage. Bertha is insane, can't be divorced and has pyromaniac and suicidal tendencies. Certainly she has her own story to tell (as imagined in Wide Sargasso Sea). It can't help a marriage when wife number two is waiting in… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Bertha Mason and Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, Leo, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina

No. 6.  Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina Spoiler alert! OK - so your husband is as dull as a potato and Count Vronsky is handsome, charming and passionate. But you're in Russia and look at the calendar - it's 1873. This is not a relationship with good prospects. For Vronsky: Anna will… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina

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11 worst couples in literature: Arabella Donn & Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure

No. 7.  Arabella Donn and Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure Spoiler alert! Wonderful writing, but such a sad tale. Jude was the first adult book I ever read. Bromley Public Library. A strange choice really, especially given the ending! Even so, I could tell there was something magical about it. "But his dreams were… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Arabella Donn & Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure