This week, YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday poses an excellent question:
For me, one of the strongest feelings in any love story is longing. If the characters get together too soon, I’m bored. They should be thinking of one another at every point, wishing like crazy that they could overcome their various circumstances and finally be together.
So there’s no contest for my favorite literary moment. It’s when Anne Elliot discovers the letter from Captain Wentworth at the end of PERSUASION.
You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago.
Just the thought of Captain Wentworth sitting there, listening to her conversation, consumed with all kinds of feelings. Gah. I die. “Half agony, half hope” is possibly the most perfect summation of that kind of deep, raw, impossibly lengthy, romantic yearning. Old Freddie may have made some super unclassy moves during the course of the novel, but that passion has been seething under the surface the whole time. Just begging to find it’s way out.
What are your favorite literary moments? What’s your favorite part of a story?