|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 30 euros has been won but if you would like a go before seeing the
answers click here.
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 Catherines 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
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 Cliffords wife Constance fell passionately in love with another man,
who knew more sexual secrets than most of the novels 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. Maurices wartime love affair with this married woman was the real thing,
but for reasons he doesnt 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 womans motives were enigmatic, but their affair was
impassioned, and Charles Smithson broke off his engagement to another woman all for love
14. He ended up alone, but down south of the border John Grady had a passionate
affair with this wealthy landowners 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.
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