I’ve decided that since Saturdays are so lonely and memeless, I would create one of my own. It seems like many bloggers (including myself) can’t help but swoon and sway over the character relationships that comprise many of our favorite books and series, yet we often overlook those who aren’t front and center. Shipping Saturdays is a weekly meme dedicated to highlighting all of our favorite pairings that are non-canon, unpopular, unnoticed, and unrequited. It’s not limited to books, so feel free to share those film and television couples whose ship you would readily go down with, yet don’t get the attention they deserve.
Today I’d like to pay tribute to one of the great couples of classic literature who, unfortunately, rarely get the attention they deserve. While anyone who reads my blog
knows that I adore Jane Eyre with all my heart, I’ve never felt the same kinship for Wuthering Heights. It seems that countless people list the novel as their favorite and ultimate example of romantic literature, but I’ve never been able to discern what exactly is romantic about the tumultuous relationship between two such supremely selfish individuals as Cathy and Heathcliff.
I’ve read Wuthering Heights all the way through exactly once, and I doubt that I am due for a reread anytime soon. However, there is one section of the novel that I have returned to time and again, though few people seem to recognize the quiet romance of these characters as I do. Unlike the ugly relationship between the book’s two protagonists, I have always felt that the slow growth of friendship and love between Catherine and Hareton was beautiful. In just a few pages, Emily Bronte manages to convey a delicately crafted love story with more feeling than I believe is infused throughout the entirety of Cathy and Heathcliff’s story. Yet no one seems to notice this couple for their own merit; if acknowledged at all, it is only in contrast to the main pairing, serving as a literary device rather than a character study in its own right.
I’d love to know if anyone feels the same way, or if there is a similar instance in another classic favorite of yours.
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