Today is a Valentine’s-themed freebie, so I decided to focus on my favorite moments of love and compassion in friendship. Some of the following is romantic, but I included a few non-romantic love moments as well. In no particular order:
2. Vin and Elend go to have their first dance in The Hero of Ages, and Elend pulls out a book. Ha! Not all romance has to be declarations of love. In this case, it’s the fond remembrance of personal history.
3. The entire correspondence between Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte in Possession is one of the most beautiful slow relationship-builders I’ve ever read.
4. Cuddle-piles of Harni in Nekropolis – showing how much physical closeness, beyond sex or lust, creates intimacy.
5. “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you — especially when you are near to me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land, come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly.” Quote from Jane Eyre, by Rochester, and is probably my favorite fiction declarations of love and attachment ever.
6. Siri teaching Susebron to read in Warbreaker – love that is kind, and patient, and forgiving of first impressions.
7. Wolf holding cans of tomatoes in the Lunar Chronicles: showing loss and attachment in relation to memory-objects.
8. Cath reading to Levi all night long to help him with his assignment in Fangirl – this is a lot like #6 above, with a willingness to help the person you care about, even when inconvenient for yourself.
10. Lastly, one of my favorite quotes of all time, from The Unit: “And when Elsa was finally unable to control the sobs she had suppressed until now, when her cries became louder and more piercing and persistent, first one of the diners got up, then another, and a few more, and the hostess hurried over to the buffet table and put down the dish so that her hands were free. The next moment a crowd of people surrounded Elsa in a semicircle, some sitting on chairs they had dragged along with them, others standing. Those who could reach were touching her. With steady hands they held her shoulders, or stroked her arms, her back or the nape of her neck. As if they were holding her together.” Not romantic, but one of the best written descriptions of communal love I’ve ever read!
What are some of your favorite fictional love-moments?
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