Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ten of the best marital rows in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best marital rows in literature.

One dust-up on the list:
Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Lydgate and Rosamond marry in mutual passion, but impecuniousness begins to render the husband "disagreeable" to his wife. Their first row is all the ghastlier for producing no raised voices, just the certainty in Rosamond's mind, when Lydgate talks of pawning her jewels, that if she had known this "she would never have married him".
Read about another marital row on Mullan's list.

Middlemarch also made Mullan's list of ten of the best funerals in literature.

Are you a little unsettled for not having read Middlemarch? So are John Banville and Nick Hornby.

--Marshal Zeringue