What modern literary character would you want to spend Valentine’s Day with; take a look and comment below?
Supposedly winter is when people are most anxious to find a significant other. And yet here we are. Maybe we turn to a nice paperback for comfort. You can relate. You know you’re a single book nerd when…
1. You go to bookstores to meet attractive people rather than to buy books.
2. You show off the book you’re reading every chance you get in hopes somebody notices.
3. You compare your singleness to the rich romantic life of the character in this freaking book.
4. You assume every attractive person you see reading a book is single and definitely into you.
5. You’ve become increasingly aversed to showing your affection and would rather just return to your book.
6. Smiling at another person makes you feel vulnerable, so you just smile into your book instead.
7. You’re so afraid of rejection that you read a book, which can never reject you.
8. You’re suddenly really into Jane Austen.
9. You start memorizing love poems.
10. You don’t feel guilty about being sad because only your book sees you when you’re sad.
11. You feel romantic feelings for the person who wrote the book you’re reading.
12. You get butterflies when you see a nice book cover just like when you see a nice person.
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Love can throw you in a thousand directions. Some people mellow out completely, some people go a little crazy, and some people start out mellow and then go crazy. The first love will probably be the hardest to lose, and after that, it’s safe to say that they get better with age and experience, just like a fine wine or cheese. We have compiled a list of the eight sauciest love notes exchanged by literary all-stars.
Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald:
I look down the tracks and see you coming—and out of every haze & mist your darling rumpled trousers are hurrying to me—Without you, dearest dearest I couldn’t see or hear or feel or think—or live—I love you so and I’m never in all our lives going to let us be apart another night. It’s like begging for mercy of a storm or killing Beauty or growing old, without you. I want to kiss you so—and in the back where your dear hair starts and your chest—I love you—and I can’t tell you how much—To think that I’ll die without your knowing—Goofo, you’ve got to try to feel how much I do—how inanimate I am when you’re gone.
Héloïse d’Argenteuil To Peter Abélard:
I have your picture in my room. I never pass by it without stopping to look at it; and yet when you were present with me, I scare ever cast my eyes upon it. If a picture which is but a mute representation of an object can give such pleasure, what cannot letters inspire? They have souls, they can speak, they have in them all that force which expresses the transport of the heart; they have all the fire of our passions….
Honoré de Balzac to Countess Ewelina Haska, June 1835:
I grasp you, I kiss you, I caress you, a thousand of the most amorous caresses take possession of me. As for my heart, there you will always be — very much so. I have a delicious sense of you there. But my God, what is to become of me, if you have deprived me of my reason? This is a monomania which, this morning, terrifies me. I rise up every moment say to myself, ‘Come, I am going there!’ Then I sit down again, moved by the sense of my obligations. There is a frightful conflict. This is not a life. I have never before been like that. You have devoured everything. I feel foolish and happy as soon as I let myself think of you. I whirl round in a delicious dream in which in one instant I live a thousand years. What a horrible situation! Overcome with love, feeling love in every pore, living only for love, and seeing oneself consumed by griefs, and caught in a thousand spiders’ threads.
Frida Kahlo in a letter to Diego Riviera:
I’d like to paint you, but there are no colors, because there are so many, in my confusion, the tangible form of my great love.
English poet Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf:
…I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your undumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it.
Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir:
Tonight I love you in a way that you have not known in me: I am neither worn down by travels nor wrapped up in the desire for your presence. I am mastering my love for you and turning it inwards as a constituent element of myself. This happens much more often than I admit to you, but seldom when I’m writing to you. Try to understand me: I love you while paying attention to external things. At Toulouse I simply loved you. Tonight I love you on a spring evening. I love you with the window open. You are mine, and things are mine, and my love alters the things around me and the things around me alter my love.
Lord Byron to Teresa Guiccioli:
In that word, beautiful in all languages, but most so in yours–Amor mio–is comprised my existence here and hereafter. I feel I exist here, and I feel I shall exist hereafter,–to what purpose you will decide; my destiny rests with you, and you are a woman, eighteen years of age, and two out of a convent. I love you, and you love me,–at least, you say so, and act as if you did so, which last is a great consolation in all events. But I more than love you, and cannot cease to love you. Think of me, sometimes, when the Alps and ocean divide us, –but they never will, unless you wish it.
Zelda Fitzgerald to F. Scott Fitzgerald (round two):
Darling – I love these velvet nights. I’ve never been able to decide … whether I love you most in the eternal classic half-lights where it blends with day or in the full religious fan-fare of mid-night or perhaps in the lux of noon. Anyway, I love you most and you ’phoned me just because you phoned me tonight – I walked on those telephone wires for two hours after holding your love like a parasol to balance me.
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Allegory of Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino, 1545 / Image Via Steven Art Gallery AB
Seated Cupid by Etienne-Maurice Falconet, 1757 / Image Via Wikipedia
Cupidon by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1891 / Image Via WikiArt
Sleeping Cupid by Caravaggio, 1608 / Image Via Wikipedia
Now that you can impress your friends with mythological facts and stories, don’t forget that this is the little face who’s responsible when you start catching those feelings.
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