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The February Quiz: Romantic Couples in Classical and Contemporary Literature

This Valentine’s Day love is in the air, but if you enjoy a great love story, every day can be Valentine’s Day. I’ve chosen 20 couples from classical and contemporary literature. I've also included a romantic quote from each book. Can you match the couple to the book they are from and the author who created them?

Feel free to download this quiz and fill in the hearts with the correct couples. See how many you know and consider adding the others to your reading list. Enjoy!

Couples List:

Catherine and Heathcliff     Catherine and Frederic      Claire and James   

Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam    Emma and George             Bridget and Mark

Claire and Henry                  Hermione and Ron             Elinor and Edward

Anne and Gilbert                 Ginny and Harry                 Jane and Edward                 

Ennis and Jack                    Allie and Noah                    Helen and Paris

Hazel and Augustus            Marguerite and Percy         Louisa and Will                       

Jennifer and Oliver             Anne and Frederick

         

  “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his soul and mine are the same.” 

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his soul and mine are the same.” 

 “I told him I loved him,’ she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak. “How am I supposed to live with that?”

“I told him I loved him,’ she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak. “How am I supposed to live with that?”

 “It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is a disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is a disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”

 “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

 “She would keep him, keep his love, deserve it and cherish it, for this much was certain, that there was no longer any happiness possible for her without that one man’s love.” 

“She would keep him, keep his love, deserve it and cherish it, for this much was certain, that there was no longer any happiness possible for her without that one man’s love.” 

 “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” 

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” 

 “The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” 

“The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more. That plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” 

 “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.”

“It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting ‘Cathy’ and banging your head against a tree.”

  “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” 

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” 

 “Then she was kissing him as she never kissed him before, and ______ was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhiskey; she was the only real thing in the world.”  Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

“Then she was kissing him as she never kissed him before, and ______ was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhiskey; she was the only real thing in the world.”  Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

  "Maybe…you’ll fall in love with me all over again.” “Hell,” I said, “I love you enough now.”     (because it's Hemingway here's an additional quote from the book)    “Why darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.” 

"Maybe…you’ll fall in love with me all over again.” “Hell,” I said, “I love you enough now.” 

(because it's Hemingway here's an additional quote from the book)

“Why darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.” 

 “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” 

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” 

 “Perhaps love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship…as a golden hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” 

“Perhaps love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship…as a golden hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” 

 “I began to think about God. I mean, the notion of a Supreme Being existing somewhere began to creep into my private thoughts. Not because I wanted to strike Him on the face, to punch Him out for what He was about to do to me – to _________, that is, No, the kind of religious thoughts I had were the opposite. Like, when I woke up in the morning and _______ was there. Still there. I’m sorry, embarrassed even, but I hoped there was a God I could say thank you to.” 

“I began to think about God. I mean, the notion of a Supreme Being existing somewhere began to creep into my private thoughts. Not because I wanted to strike Him on the face, to punch Him out for what He was about to do to me – to _________, that is, No, the kind of religious thoughts I had were the opposite. Like, when I woke up in the morning and _______ was there. Still there. I’m sorry, embarrassed even, but I hoped there was a God I could say thank you to.” 

 “There was the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible – Magic to make the sanest man go mad.’ The Iliad by Homer

“There was the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible – Magic to make the sanest man go mad.’ The Iliad by Homer

 “One thing never changed: the brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by a sense of time flying, never enough time, never enough.” 

“One thing never changed: the brilliant charge of their infrequent couplings was darkened by a sense of time flying, never enough time, never enough.” 

 “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.” 

“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.” 

 “Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” 

“Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.” 

  “Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” 

“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.” 

  “_______________ was watching ___________ fret over the fate of the Cameroon’s, and there was such tenderness in her expression that ____________ felt as if he had surprised her in the act of kissing him.’ Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

“_______________ was watching ___________ fret over the fate of the Cameroon’s, and there was such tenderness in her expression that ____________ felt as if he had surprised her in the act of kissing him.’ Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

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