8 of My Favorite Classic Couples (Classic Remarks)

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Who are some of your favorite classic couples?

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Anne and Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables)

This pairing has to be one of the greatest classic couples of all times, as the two move from enemies to friends to lovers. Gilbert is the man of many a reader’s dreams, so why can’t Anne see how perfect he is for her??

Faramir and Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings)

This romance pierces my heart every time. Even though Eowyn believes she is in love with Aragorn, Faramir loves her. And he understands her better than she understands herself. His patience and kindness win her over in one of the sweetest scenes I have ever read.

Jo and Prof. Bhaer (Little Women)

I know that there will always be Jo/Laurie fans, and that’s great! However, I admit I love Jo and Prof. Bhaer’s romance both because it is a little unexpected and it because it is built of mutual respect. They begin as friends, with Prof. Bhaer offering honest advice because he truly cares for Jo and cares more about her welfare than about her reaction to his critiques. He also knows she can handle it, though. Jo responds by taking his advice seriously. This is the foundation of a great working relationship that will enable them to bild a school together. But, also, that umbrella scene is so romantic!

Emma and Mr. Knightley (Emma)

What can I say? I really love the friends to lovers trope. This romance has some drama with Emma overlooking a worthy suitor in favor of newer, more interesting lovers. But years of friendship and trust prove a strong foundation for marriage.

Pat and Hilary (Pat of Silver Bush)

Friends to lovers? Count me in! Pat and Hilary were clearly meant for each other from the time they first meet on the dark road home. They feel instantly at home with each other and understand each other implicitly. If only Pat could understand her own heart! The Pat books show once again that L. M. Montgomery can write an engrossing romance.

Rose and Mac (Rose in Bloom)

Yes, it’s friends to lovers again. Cousins, actually, in this case. But, if you can overlook that, Louisa May Alcott provides another sweet, and somewhat unexpected, romance as Rose learns to love a suitor who is not flashy, but is devoted and true.

Polly and Tom (An Old-Fashioned Girl)

Louisa May Alcott really knows how to write a romance! Plenty of obstacles come between our two lovers, including an initial engagement to an unsuitable partner. Once the two are able to admit their feelings to each other, however, everything comes out all right.

Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)

This couple’s quick wit and lively banter has caught the imaginations of generations of readers. It’s a real treat to watch them interact and a true shock when Beatrice forces Benedick to choose between her and his best friend. Shakespeare sure knows how to create drama.

16 thoughts on “8 of My Favorite Classic Couples (Classic Remarks)

  1. Jan says:

    Anne and Gilbert is my favourite couple! Also Rose and Mac, and faramir and Eowyn!! I haven’t read Little Women yet but I liked Eight Cousins a lot!

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  2. jawahirthebookworm says:

    I have to read Anne of Green Gables, it has been recommended to me too many times! Emma is one of my favorite classic reads, I have to shout out Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth. I’ll never get tired of that book or that couple.


  3. Lory says:

    Great list! Another favorite Austen couple is Anne and Captain Wentworth, because they get a second chance at love. In a more modern SFF classic, Ged and Tenar in the Earthsea series have an incredible journey toward their eventual getting together.


  4. Never Not Reading says:

    So many great picks! Emma and Mr. Knightly YES! Much Ado About Nothing is probably my second favorite Shakespeare play, and there have been some *excellent* movie adaptations, and I just ADORE Beatrice and Benedick. I also have a soft spot for Jo and Mr. Behr, though I think Meg’s story always resonated more with me.


    • Krysta says:

      I really love the Kenneth Branagh Much Ado. Especially that scene where he can’t get the folding chair to fold properly. So relatable. I dread setting up chairs and/or tables at any event. I always feel I’m going to look like a fool. XD

      I like Meg’s story, too! I think it’s so cool Alcott continued her story after marriage and doesn’t end her happily-ever-after with the wedding. So the events of Little Men always upset me. 😦

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