Friday, April 24, 2015
Best of Brothers and Sisters
Laddie and Little Sister (Laddie: A True Blue Story)
My all-time favorite pair.
"Have I got a little sister anywhere in this house?" Laddie inquired at the door.
"Yes sir," I answered, dropping the trousers I was making for Hezekiah, my pet blue jay, and running as fast as I could. There was no telling what minute May might take it into her head that she was his little sister and get there first.
Matthew and Marilla (Anne of Green Gables)
They get along quite well, even if they do have to stick their oars in once in a while.
Jane and Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
One sweet and innocent, one witty and discerning. Both very fond of each other.
Fanny and William Price (Mansfield Park)
"My Dear William"--their correspondence throughout the years of William being at sea was very sweet.
Henry and Eleanor Tilney (Northanger Abbey)
What brother could not be awesome who is a good judge of white muslin? Add to that reading Gothic romances with his sister, and you have the epitome of excellence (spoken facetiously, of course).
Godwin and Wulf (The Brethren)
Two brothers, both in love with the same girl. Both fully resolved to stay true to each other at the same time. How's that for shaking up the cliche?
Bree and Devin (Viking Quest)
OK. So I fangirled over Devin. He's nice.
Angus and Duncan (Crown and Covenant Trilogy)
I liked when they teamed up at Aird's Moss. And the puddock swap in book 1 was too cute.
Scarlet and Cliff (Chasing Jupiter)
Heart-wrenching pair--an autistic little boy who wants to go to Jupiter, and his big sister trying to make his dreams come true.
Ruth and Tom Pinch (Martin Chuzzlewit)
They were so cute keeping house together, especially with the famous pudding-that-wasn't.
John of Bedford and Henry V
While I have no book to recommend on this pair (Someone Needs to Take Note), I have a deep love and high respect for the hard work John of Bedford accomplished in advancing Henry's kingdom in France. Even after Henry's death, John kept his memory very dear, and literally worked himself to death to honor him.
Richard III and Edward IV
Reading Paul Murray Kendall's Richard the Third has only served to drive the point home: Edward was Richard's hero. At eighteen, Richard was already managing troops and fighting battles to keep his brother on the throne. I love them both.
Marguerite and Armand (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
While the two of them certainly kept the Scarlet Pimpernel on the constant edge of death, one can hardly blame their fidelity to one another. It was a hard either-or.
Fili and Kili (The Hobbit)
Ahem. Familiar, those two. And no, I hate that line about "I-must-stay-with-my-brother" in the movie. Please don't hate me for hating it.
Boromir and Faramir (The Lord of the Rings)
Margaret and Fredrick Hale (North and South)
It occurred to me that John Thornton is slightly hypocritical for his displeasure at Margaret kissing Fredrick in the train station. After all, he seemed to do it himself with very few qualms of conscience. But we'll forgive the man.
Melangell and Rhun (The Pilgrim of Hate)
Cadfael meets quite a few hassled young people, and The Pilgrim of Hate is no exception. But while Melangell and Rhun didn't have a legendary bond between the two of them, they did seem to love each other. Besides--it's my favorite mystery.
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (Little Women)
Can't forget these dear girlies.
Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy (The Chronicles of Narnia)
And what list would be complete without this immortal four? (Though I admit, I had to be reminded.)
Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock Holmes)
Two of the most anti-social and politically-influential gentlemen of the 19th century.
Judah Ben-Hur and Tirzah (Ben-Hur)
While I only know them from the Focus on the Family audio drama, they were endearing with their banter.
"Very pretty, my Tirzah."
"Now I know you are sick. You're teasing me!"
Nat and Lizza--Carry on Mr. Bowditch
:'( While I am not big on good-luck charms, it was sweet of them to jingle the silver together to try to help their parents out. And they were a beloved sharer of each other's joys and sorrows.
The Boxcar Children
None of the later mysteries ever matched my love for the first book in the series. What a delightful foursome. I can't wait to introduce my own children to them someday.
Caroline and her siblings (Little House in Brookfield)
Caroline's books were my favorite of the Little House knock-offs, though I also loved Martha and Duncan as well (Little House in the Highlands). But Caroline and her siblings helped their single mother make a living, while also managing to have fun along the way. They were some of my best childhood friends.
Caddie Woodlawn and her siblings (Caddie Woodlawn)
The watermelons. Annabelle's buttons. Swimming across the river. I read that book so many times.
In making lists like these, I always forget some of the most obvious and best. Plus, all my books are packed, so I can't reference them right now. So help me out! Who would you add?
Thanks to this article, this article, and this article for jogging my memory. But I did not actually read through them, so proceed at your own risk.