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Mary Patterson Thornburg

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in Long Beach, CA, The United States
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Mary Patterson Thornburg Wow. What a question! I've been trying for days to come up with an answer, and finally think I have one. (First, though, you should know that anytime …moreWow. What a question! I've been trying for days to come up with an answer, and finally think I have one. (First, though, you should know that anytime I name something as "my favorite," it's hardly set in stone; I may change my mind a dozen times later in the day, and probably will.)

But, that said, okay: Catherine and Heathcliff, in Wuthering Heights. They are definitely not a comfortable couple. Had they married or even lived together, I certainly wouldn't want to live next door to them or even on the same block. Their fights would be too loud, for sure, and maybe even dangerous to innocent bystanders. In fact, they might turn murderous. I'm sure they wouldn't divorce, and although they would probably break up frequently, they wouldn't stay apart long. Neither of them would be happy with anyone else. Would they be happy together? I guess that depends on what "happy" means, in the context of these two. They are both cruel, vindictive, violent people, in control of themselves only insofar as they're able to plot and patiently carry out their plots. They might enjoy hurting each other and then making up. Their sex lives would be passionate and painful, and if they had children the children would probably be ignored most of the time. Which would be a good thing for the children!

So why are they (at least for the moment) my favorite fictional couple? They're absolutely and perfectly matched -- one soul in two bodies, as one of them says. They're two halves of the same explosive whole. Together, they're intense and dynamic, driving the plot of Emily Bronte's novel forward like a bulldozer, crushing everything and everyone who can't get out of their way. Nothing can stop them, not even death. (less)
Mary Patterson Thornburg "I am only part of your dream," whispered the voice beside her, and in great relief she opened her eyes to the first gray of dawn shining through her …more"I am only part of your dream," whispered the voice beside her, and in great relief she opened her eyes to the first gray of dawn shining through her window. Turning then, she saw the terrible face on the other pillow... laughing.(less)
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“His own mortality suddenly whispered through his bones like a cold draft under a door.”
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“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'

I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”
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