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Character of love

I put some of my favorite literary heroines from Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines into love categories…since V-day is coming up. Which literary heroine can you relate with the most when it comes to love? Do you feel adored? Scorned? Do you pine?


Emma Bovary
Nora Charles
Juliet Capulet

Catherine Earnshaw
Jane Eyre

Heart broken and scorned
Esther Greenwood

Love thy self
Nora Helmer
Daisy Miller
Lorelei Lee

Believer in love

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  • kristen February 7, 2014, 11:42 am

    I think that I definitely fall into the “piner” category. I generally love those heroines, my heart goes out to them, Anne Elliot from “Persuasion” in particular. “The one claim I shall make for my own sex is that we love longest, when all hope is gone.”

  • samantha hahn February 7, 2014, 11:58 am

    wow, what a quote Kristen. I guess there will have to be a volume two to include that gem.

  • kristen February 7, 2014, 1:05 pm

    I know, right, Sam? I remember this first time I ever read it, those words just ran through me and my heart broke a little…AND YES TO VOLUME 2!!! Or at least maybe an ancillary item or two?! I really think that we need to do something on that front!

  • Samantha Hahn February 7, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Kristen, Caitlin says there may be a chance with B&N for ancillary. I’m so so so hoping! Fingers crossed. XOXO.

  • kendra February 8, 2014, 10:10 pm

    oh that juliet illustration, it’s so soft, so beautiful.

    i love the words too of course….love is something to give away, not to be held onto. it just grows and grows.


  • Erin February 9, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I am a believer! “Love will carry you all lengths”. I truly believe this. Well said, Nancy! Love this post, Sam.

  • erin loechner February 10, 2014, 9:13 am

    love love love this, sam! i’m a believer in love, through and through. 😉 it can’t help but change you from the inside, you know?

    big hugs.

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