Here are ten literary characters of the male species who I have a slight crush on. Emma made me do it:
10. Clym Yeobright from Hardy's Return of the Native. Any man who says these lines I will quote has won me: "Well, whatever I may have thought, one thing is certain--I do love you--past all compass and description. I love you to oppressiveness--I, who have never before felt more than a pleasant passing fancy for any woman I have ever seen. Let me look right into your moonlit face and dwell on every line and curve in it! Only a few hairbreadths make the difference between this face and faces I have seen many times before I knew you; yet what a difference---the difference between everything and nothing at all..."
9. Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird. I love smart men.
8. Jude from Hardy's Jude the Obscure. He's depressing and he's smart. Great combo. He's the only thing I liked about the book.
7. Pierre from War and Peace by Tolstoy. For some reason when I think of him I think of C.S. Lewis.
6. George Emerson from A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. Cecil, eat your heart out.
5. Gee whiz, I am having a hard time with this. I think Armadale from Collins' Armadale.
4. Roger from Wives and Daughters by Gaskell. Scientist. That's all I have to say.
3. Eugene Wrayburn from Our Mutual Friend by Dickens. He's a barrister, he's lonely, he's bleak. Perfect.
2. Mr. Thornton from North and South by Gaskell. He's dark, he's vain, he's smart, he's decisive.
1. Dr. Fane from The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Kitty Fane is an idiot. He gets the more attractive the madder he gets.
That was really difficult, partly because I have a terrible memory and have read too many books. I am sure there are tons I left out but I just can't think. Maybe it is the Sudafed anyway.