Weekly Geeks: Romancing the Tome
In honor of Valentine’s weekend, let’s talk about romantic literature. By that, I don’t necessarily mean the modern romance genre, but books that you find particularly romantic….Do you have a favorite romantic scene in a book?
I certainly do! While I’ve read many a Nora Roberts romance in my lifetime, and have read a great deal of Philippa Gregory, Judith Merkle Riley, and other authors who tend to make romance the focus of their works, normally the “romantic” scenes in contemporary novels just make me giggle.
So while romance novels are fun sometimes, when it comes to True Romance, I always have to turn to the classics. My absolute, beyond-a-doubt, all-time favorite romantic scene comes from Wuthering Heights. Cathy’s explanation of what she feels for Heathcliff is one of the best-written romantic scenes in literature:
…[Heathcliff] shall never know how I love him; and that, not because he’s handsome, Nelly, but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same, and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning, or frost from fire….Nelly, I am Heathcliff — he’s always, always in my mind — not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself — but, as my own being.
Too bad Cathy is nutty and Heathcliff ruins the whole book by first killing a dog and then emotionally abusing the remaining characters, right?
I have a few more (when Lucie Manette testifies for Charles Darnay in the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, when Adeline and Theodore attempt to escape the evil Marquis in The Romance of the Forest, anything involving Pip and Estella from Great Expectations ), but this is the only one that gives me chills every time I read it.
What are your favorite romantic scenes? Leave us a note in the comments!