Verity and Ken

I’m joining lots of folk across the blogosphere today in wishing Verity a very happy wedding!


You’ll probably see quite a lot of these greetings appear – it was the brainchild of the blogger we all know as Joan Hunter Dunn.

To make this a bit more collaborative, why not put forward your ideas for the best married couple in fiction? I’m always drawn to Jane and Bingley, even though we don’t hear much about their married life together. Ian and Felicity in Greenery Street is another good’un. Thoughts?

18 thoughts on “Verity and Ken

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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    Even thought many may find them smug and obnoxious, I will vote for Harriet Vane and Lord Peter. I loved “Gaudy Night”, in particular.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 6:53 am
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    Cute bear couple! Verity has text from Austria asking me to thank you and tell you how touched she is; she is reading on her phone and can't comment.

    Too early in the morning for my thinking hat… Anne and Gilbert Blythe.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 7:44 am
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    Congratulations to Verity
    My vote is for my most favourite romantic couple Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

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  • August 2, 2011 at 7:53 am
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    Wedding bears how absolutely fitting! I've just spent a delightful few moments briefly looking at my books for inspiration. I'd love to know more about Room with a view's George & Lucy married life. DE Stevenson's Hester and Tim,Mrs Tim and the regiment, seemed to have a solid and fun marriage. Great post.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 7:56 am
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    Claire and Margaret have stolen Anne and Gilbert from me! So I will have to go for… Jane and Mr Rochester.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 9:06 am
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    I'm going right out on a limb, here, Simon—because, although I'd put in a vote for Harriet Vane/Lord Peter, and I think you make good point re. Jane Austen (as well as Jane and Bingley, we've got Marianne and Colonel Brandon and several other happy pairings), for me, one of the most touching romances in fiction, probably my all time favourite is Dick Swiveller and the Marchioness in 'The Old Curiosity Shop'. And Dickens, bless him, the master of happy endings, assures us that their marriage was based on tolerance, sympathy and genuine affection.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am
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    Loved the bear photo, wonder what part Bernard is playing in this wedding, Ring bearer?

    Emma and Mr Knightley, match created by Jane Austen

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  • August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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    "best" married couple in fiction (I note you didn't say "most romantic couple", which is how some of your commenters are interpreting it)—well, having recently seen a wonderful performance by the American Shakespeare Company at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, VA, I cast my vote for Macbeth and his Lady. What a pair! As for ordinary everyday favorites, I submit Mr. and Mrs. North; Bill and Dorian Weigand; Captain Heimrich and Susan Faye; and Nate and Rose Shapiro—all creations of the fertile brains of Richard and Frances Lockridge, who were also a married couple "in" fiction, albeit authors rather than characters.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm
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    What a well chosen picture.

    As for my favourite married couple, it has to be Dane and the unnamed narrator from Love in the Sun.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm
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    If we're seeking realism rather than romance, I suggest Hilda Lessways and Edwin Clayhanger. Arnold Bennett knew from first hand experience just how complex marriage could be, and it's all there in his fantastic novels.

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  • August 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm
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    Oh, Harriet Vane & Lord Peter already chosen, but they were my instant thought when I read your question. Busman's Honeymoon was the first Dorothy Sayers I read & it remains a favourite.

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  • August 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm
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    Jean Paget and Joe Harmon from "The Legacy" by Nevil Shute. I never fail to be inspired and impressed by what they had to go through to be together.

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  • August 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm
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    Easily: Thomas Beresford and Prudence Cowley.

    The worst: George and Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" – agreed this was a play and a movie, but still fiction.

    Somewhere inbetween: Rumpole and She Who Must Be Obeyed

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  • August 4, 2011 at 7:58 am
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    Peter Wimsey and Harriett Vane (of course), but spare a thought for Rory Alleyn and Agatha Troy.

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  • August 4, 2011 at 10:08 am
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    Peter & Harriet, of course, but also Anne Elliot & Captain Wentworth. Congratulations Verity!

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  • August 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm
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    Love the bears and thank you!! I will hank properly when I can blog again next week!

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  • August 9, 2011 at 4:11 am
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    Hands down the Best Married Couple of all time in fiction has to be Claire Randall (née Beauchamp) and James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser in the Outlander Series (7 books to date) by Diana Gabaldon. The emotional and intimate relationship is detailed over the course and passage of their lifetime.

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