Literary Blind Dates from Hell

Literary Blind Dates from Hell

Instead of running through a list of the most beloved couples in literary history, this Valentine’s Day we decided to create a ‘what if’ list of potentially awful blind dates utilizing some of those same characters.

 

Romeo & Scarlett O’Hara

Romeo, the eternal romantic, and the fickle, tempestuous Scarlett would be a mismatch of epic proportions. Scarlett will live to love again and again and again. Alas for poor Romeo, “tomorrow is not another day.”

 

Left: The Death of Romeo (chromolitho), Deveria, Achille (1800-57) and Louis Boulanger (1800-67) / Private Collection Right: llustration (colour litho), Gino D'Achille (1935-2017) / Private Collection
Left: The Death of Romeo (chromolitho), Deveria, Achille (1800-57) and Louis Boulanger (1800-67) / Private Collection
Right: llustration (colour litho), Gino D’Achille (1935-2017) / Private Collection


Snow White
& Ebenezer Scrooge
 

This is perhaps our favorite match-up from hell. Imagine if you will the young and beautiful Snow White, who sings to the forest animals and who gives of herself to help the seven dwarfs, spending time with the crotchety, miserly, grumpy Ebenezer. This is not a match made in heaven.

 

Left: Nursery wallpaper, c.1975, German Photographer, (20th century) / Deutsches Tapetenmuseum, Kassel, Germany / © Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel / Gabriele Boessert Right: Scrooge, from 'A Christmas Carol', 1923 (colour litho), Joseph Clayton Clarke (1856-1937) / Private Collection
Left: Nursery wallpaper, c.1975, German Photographer, (20th century) / Deutsches Tapetenmuseum, Kassel, Germany / © Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel / Gabriele Boessert
Right: Scrooge, from ‘A Christmas Carol’, 1923 (colour litho), Joseph Clayton Clarke (1856-1937) / Private Collection


Odysseus
& Anna Karenina
 

Another romantic soul, poor Odysseus is willing to fend off sirens for twenty years in order to be finally reunited with his beloved. Anna Karenina would never love Odysseus as much as he loved her. The perpetually self-centered Anna is too distracted by a mess of her own making to love that deeply.

 

Left: Odysseus, study for the Apotheosis of Homer, c.1850 (oil on canvas), Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France Right: Anna Karenina, 1904 (oil on canvas), Heinrich Matvejevich Maniser (1847-1925) / Regional M. Vrubel Art Museum, Omsk
Left: Odysseus, study for the Apotheosis of Homer, c.1850 (oil on canvas), Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, France
Right: Anna Karenina, 1904 (oil on canvas), Heinrich Matvejevich Maniser (1847-1925) / Regional M. Vrubel Art Museum, Omsk


Quasimodo
& Helen of Troy
 

If you had been anointed by Aphrodite as the most beautiful woman in existence, you’d probably get a big head too. Helen is the most sought after bride in the ancient world and although Hugo’s protagonist is kind-hearted and heroic, the homely protagonist would not be Helen’s or her celestial parent’s first choice in a suitor.

 

Left: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Arthur Ranson (20th Century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn Right: Helen of Troy, 1898 (oil on canvas), Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) / De Morgan Collection, courtesy of the De Morgan Foundation
Left: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Arthur Ranson (20th Century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn
Right: Helen of Troy, 1898 (oil on canvas), Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) / De Morgan Collection, courtesy of the De Morgan Foundation


Daisy Buchanan
& Mr. Darcy
 

Fitzgerald’s Daisy has a deep-seated need to be adored and although there might be an initial attraction between the two, Daisy would be eternally frustrated by the dashing, but aloof Mr. Darcy.

 

Left: Portrait of Mrs. Austin (oil on canvas), Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) / National Museum of American Illustration, Newport RI, USA Right: Portrait of Commander Hugh Clapperton (1788-1827) 1817 (oil on canvas), Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) / Private Collection / Photo © Philip Mould Ltd, London
Left: Portrait of Mrs. Austin (oil on canvas), Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) / National Museum of American Illustration, Newport RI, USA
Right: Portrait of Commander Hugh Clapperton (1788-1827) 1817 (oil on canvas), Henry Raeburn (1756-1823) / Private Collection / Photo © Philip Mould Ltd, London


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