5 Wonderful Characters Who Deserve a Single Red Rose

Red roses are so romantic, especially when someone only receives a single one from a lover.

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A single red rose resting on an open book.

Roses, especially red roses, are considred the most romantic flower. The meaning changes based on how many roses there are, but giving a single rose symbolizes giving your heart, or saying that the recipient is your only love. It’s such a sweet, loving gesture, and one that should be more common, both in real life and in fiction.

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

He’s definitely a “looks like he could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll” kind of guy. His kindness and affection for others, such as everything he did for Elizabeth and her family, and his protectiveness over his sister and Mr. Bingley, are all tightly wrapped under his surly exterior.

Mr. Darcy looking at the camera with a surly expression.

Not only all of this, but the way he changed for Elizabeth was heart melting. He listened to her when she said why she rejected him, but he worked on showing his true character, his kindness and care for those close to him, rather than the arrogant and rude facade he always had. He realized how horrible he had been, and he sought to make amends and be a better person. And really, what more could we ask for?

Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility

Elinor represents the “sense” in the title. Despite having feelings just as strong and passionate as her sister Marianne, who embodies the “sensibility,” she is willing to put them aside for the sake of others as well as to conform to society’s expectations for women.

Elinor Dashwood looking to the side with a smile.

But her feelings deserve just as much consideration. She’ll sacrifice her feelings and put herself last for the sake of others, like when Lucy Steele brags about her engagement to Edward despite Elinor’s strong feelings. Thankfully, she embraced her sensibility side toward the end, and she ended up marrying her love.

Wren Hanno from Girls of Paper and Fire

Wren is cold and distant when she’s first introduced, but she quickly warms up to Lei when she helps tutor her. She didn’t want to get close to anyone because of her mission, but she couldn’t deny her growing feelings for Lei. She started relying on her for emotional support, allowing Lei to do the same.

'Girls of Paper and Fire' by Natasha Ngan book cover showing a young woman with hair and fire covering her face

There are two special instances that truly show Wren’s love. The first is when she trusted Lei with her past — knowledge that could kill her if the wrong person found out. It showed the trust and faith Wren put in her, having never told anyone this before. The second is when she tells Lei about what happened to her mother. Lei had always wondered, and though Wren knew it would hurt, she wanted Lei to know what happened at any cost.

Tucker Avery from Unearthly

This guy is definitely a jerk in the beginning, but he’s super sweet underneath all his bark. He’s just protective of the people he cares about and doesn’t like Californians like Clara for personal reasons. But really, he’s a good guy and even better boyfriend.

'Unearthly' by Cynthia Hand book cover showing a young woman walking in a forest.

He’s totally willing to stand by Clara even as “angel stuff,” as he so eloquently put it, landed her — and him, by association — in great danger. He accepted the angel part of her, and he sought to do whatever he could for her. He even applied to go to the same college as her, just so he could be close to her.

Emperor Kaito from The Lunar Chronicles

He’s an emperor — need I say more? But seriously, he’s such a great character. He’s kind and compassionate to others, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect his people, even at the risk of his life. He’s under such intense pressure as the emperor at such a young age and an uncertain time, but he always does his best.

'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer book cover showing a young woman crouching in a lab and looking to the side.

Their relationship was rocky for a while after he found out Cinder was a cyborg and a Lunar, and then again after she kidnapped him. But once they aired everything out and actually talked, their relationship smoothed out. He found that he didn’t really care about her being a cyborg and a Lunar now that he knew her true feelings, and he immediately gave her all his affection.

It was hard choosing only a few characters since so many others also deserve a red rose. But this article has to end somewhere!

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