Hello, beautiful readers ♥
As you all know, we are one day away from Valentine’s Day, day of love and friendship, and although I’ve got a partner and a couple of friends I’m happy to be spending it with, I’m even more excited to be up past my bedtime tomorrow night reading and reliving some of my favorite literary couple moments of all time.
From William Shakespeare, the Brontë sisters and Jane Austen to Nicholas Sparks, John Green and other contemporary authors, these writers have the ability to create such chemistry and attraction between characters, committing timelessly beautiful love stories to ink that can produce in us an incredibly wide range of emotions. They can steal our breath away, set our heartbeat to a gallop, they can draw tears, incite laughter, make us angry and happy all in the spam of a few hundred pages or less.
As a hopeless romantic, one thing I actively look for in books to determine if it has a good romantic plot line are love confessions. They are the reason why I (along with many other readers, I’m sure) have unrealistically high expectations of love and relationships in general.
For this Top Five Tuesday, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite book love confessions/scenes ever. Check them out to get into the right mood for Valentine’s!
WARNING: There may be some spoilers ahead.
Mr. Darcy & Miss Elizabeth Bennett
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement, and the avowal of all that he felt and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well, but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed, and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride.
(Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 34)
Despite Mr. Darcy’s sad excuse for a proposal on his first try, it is this one that stands out the most to me. He spelled out all of Elizabeth’s defects and ‘inferiority’, giving the usual impression of a proud, arrogant person while at the same time managing to seem like the most vulnerable, desperate man about to explode with love.
Though, of course, how can one not fan herself over his second, more successful proposal:
“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”
Swoon. When can I get my own Mr. Darcy?
Mr. Rochester & Jane Eyre
When Jane first realizes how much she and her employer, Mr. Rochester, have in common despite their different positions in the social ladder, and where I think she first started having any sort of feelings towards him:
I feel akin to him, – I understand the language of his countenance and movements: though rank and wealth sever us widely, I have something in my brain and heart, in my blood and nerves, that assimilates me mentally to him…I must, then, repeat continually that we are forever sundered: – and yet, while I breathe and think I must love him.
(Jane Eyre, Vol. 2, Chapter 2).
Can I just say, Mr. Rochester’s proposal to Jane is one of my favorite proposals ever; it’s just filled with so much tension! How she speaks up for herself right before he admits to loving her and seeing her as his equal… Sigh. I love how empowering this scene is:
“[…] And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking through you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal – as we are!”
Rochester: “As we are!”
Aaaahh, the feelings!
Warner & Juliette
This one is definitely more contemporary than the previous two but seriously, this series has got one of the most unexpected, romantic, and steamiest love scenes I’ve ever read. Brace yourselves.
“You said you wanted friendship.”
He swallows. “I did. I do. I do want to be your friend. I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be that kind of friend,” he says. “The one who will memorize the things you say as well as the shape of your lips when you say them. I want to know every curve, every freckle, every shiver of your body, Juliette… I want to know where to touch you. I want to know how to touch you. I want to know how to convince you to design a smile just for me…Yes, I do want to be your friend. I want to be your best friend in the entire world…I want so many things,” he whispers. “I want your mind. Your strength. I want to be worth your time.”
(Unravel Me, Chapter 45)
Stop. Stop time. Stop the world. Stop everything for the moment he crosses the room and pulls me into his arms and pins me against the wall and I’m spinning …
(Ignite Me, Chapter 62)
Rhysand & Feyre
The iconic Chapter 54 of A Court of Mist and Fury where I literally bawled my eyes out. There is no way I can insert an excerpt here without writing the entire chapter down so I’ll just go with my favorite quotes:
“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds…And I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me. For what I felt for him.”
And: “I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”
Excuse me while I go sit in a corner and cry.
Aldrik & Vhalla
I have said this many times before and I’ll say it again: THIS SERIES DESERVES MORE LOVE AND AFFECTION.
Vhalla’s and Aldrik’s love story in this amazing high-fantasy series is a wild ride from start to finish and I never get tired of it.
In addition to being one of the most real and down-to-earth fictional relationships I’ve read in terms of character development and the gradual build of mutual attraction and respect, this couple also holds one of my top five spots for best book marriage proposals EVER.
“You wished for time,” Aldrik explained. “I heard each utterance when you beseeched time to stop, for mornings not to come. I want you to know I shared your every sentiment. I wanted to give you the promise of my minutes, my hours, my days.” His long fingers curled around hers, around the watch. “My future is yours, Vhalla Yarl.”
Okay, writing this post is really sort of depressing because these men will never be real. At least they’re immortalized in pages so we can always keep coming back to them.
What about you? What is your favorite most swoon worthy book moment? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time ,