issue 45: November - December 2004 

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Literary Lovers: Never mind all those one-sided passions— Death in Venice, The Great Gatsby, Lolita. Think of those grand loves— all from classic novels— that at times ended happily, at times were left unrequited, and at times ended in tragedy, but always burned with the heat and ardor of true romance. The winner receives a 30 euro (20 / $30) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2005

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Name the other half of these famous (and infamous) lovers:

1. Count V. turned the head of this married woman, then got her pregnant, which pushed her to confessing all to hubby; but it was the Count she truly loved, and when it all became too much, she headed for the railroad tracks.

2. Fitzwilliam Darcy at first offended her by his supercilious behaviour at a ball, but she eventually fell in love with him.

3. Dorothea went to Rome on her honeymoon, but it was while she was there that she met her true amour, although many complications and several years passed before they confessed their love to each other and married.

4. The wife in the attic proved a problem, but Jane loved him dearly.

5. When Catherine’s father brought home an orphaned waif, an early attachment between Catherine and him developed that grew into a violent passion, although both married others and were suitably miserable.

6. He got trapped into marrying a pregnant barmaid, but she deserted him, and then he met his free-thinking cousin Sue, and the way she quoted Swinburne won him body and soul.

7. In New Orleans, Edna was discontented with her marriage of bourgeois respectability to her stockbroker husband, but her passions were awakened while on vacation at Grand Isle where she met the love of her life.

8. Sir Clifford’s wife Constance fell passionately in love with another man, who knew more sexual secrets than most of the novel’s readers.

9. Catherine treated his war wounds and nursed him back to health, but romance with this soldier ended in tragedy.

10. In this novel of gay romance, set in the early 20th century, Alec panics after spending the night with his lover and tries to blackmail him, but then he turns around completely and Alec and he live happily ever after.

11. Maurice’s wartime love affair with this married woman was the real thing, but for reasons he doesn’t discover until much later, she broke it off.

12. Although their middle-aged lives took them in different directions, their love spanned an entire long lifetime, beginning when they were precocious, sexually active children, who thought they were cousins, but were in fact brother and sister. V.V. and....

13. This eccentric woman’s motives were enigmatic, but their affair was impassioned, and Charles Smithson broke off his engagement to another woman all for love of her.

14. He ended up alone, but down south of the border John Grady had a passionate affair with this wealthy landowner’s daughter.

15. While this seventy-six-year-old woman is dying in the hospital, she recalls the "vital centre" of her life, her one great love: Tom, a British tank officer on leave in Egypt during the war.

TBR 2004

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