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
Poor Jude. Life somehow got in the way. 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 – the power of writing and dreams. https://uk.pinterest.com/longvictorian2/thomas-hardy/
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. Thank you, Bromley Public Library. A strange choice for a child really, especially given the ending! Even so, I could tell there was something magical about… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Arabella Donn & Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure
No. 8. Dorothea and Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch (George Eliot) Spoiler alert! Another of Eliot’s brilliant portraits of a hopeless pairing. Dorothea (“Dodo”) is a sheltered and intense young woman with a background in English and Swiss Puritanism: Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscious qualms; she felt she enjoyed… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Dorothea & Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch
No. 9. Lydia Bennet and George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Spoiler alert! The marital prognosis on this relationship isn’t good, I fear. Wickham is a compulsive liar, gambler, debtor and idler. He has previously attempted to elope with Darcy’s young sister to access her fortune. Then he elopes with Lydia, Elizabeth’s 15… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Lydia Bennet & George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice
No. 10. Rosamund Vincy and Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch Spoiler alert! Rosamund and Lydgate: One of the many gems to be found in George Eliot's Middlemarch is the genius psychological portraits of Dr Tertius Lydgate and Miss Rosamund Vincy (soon Mrs Lydgate) - including how their marriage faired from early pleasure, through crisis and life-sapping… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Rosamund Vincy & Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch
Where is Anne Catherick?! Or to be more accurate where is this painting? In a Tumblr post on Wilkie Collins' sensational novel The Woman in White, I used the Pre-Raphaelite painting for illustration. The Somnambulist by John Everett Millais. It is thought by some that Millais was inspired by the book. It left me wanting… Continue reading Where is Anne Catherick?!
No. 11. Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins: Charlotte Lucas seems a pleasant young woman. She has a sense of humour and is a close friend of the delightful Elizabeth Bennet. What a shame then that she marries that fawning, conceited, potato and chimney connoisseur, Mr Collins.… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Charlotte Lucas & Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice