“Mr. Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man; you know he is, as well as I do; and you must feel, as well as I do, that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking.” –Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Austen neatly characterizes the disagreeable clergyman here, yet doesn’t condemn intelligent, sympathetic Charlotte Lucas for marrying him. (The seemingly odd couple appears to have a happy marriage, too.) Unlikely romantic couples are often thrown together as a result of unlikely circumstances—a spooky farmhouse for Wuthering Heights’ Heathcliff and Catherine, a Third-World hostage crisis for Roxane Cross and Mr. Hosokawa in Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto. Even the different personalities that mark nonromantic “dynamic duos” like Huckleberry Finn and Jim, or Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, deepen characterization while driving the plots of our favorite books.
Jo Maeder’s two most recent books contain two very different examples: In her memoir, How I Married My Mother, Maeder leaves her fast-paced New York life to care for her estranged, declining mother in the South. In her novel, Opposites Attack, a seemingly superficial American woman clashes with a famous, cultured French writer at an immersion school in the south of France.
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’This fellow may be very clever,’ I said to myself, ‘but he is certainly very conceited.”
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