Bronte beats Shakespeare for romantic lines

Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:11pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britons have chosen a line from Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights" as the most romantic in English literature just in time for Valentine's Day.

A poll of 2,000 adults commissioned by Warner Home Video to mark the DVD release of the romantic comedy "Going the Distance" showed 20 percent of respondents chose the line: "whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Fictional character Catherine Earnshaw's comment on her love for Heathcliff was followed by Winnie-The-Pooh, fictional bear created by English writer AA Milne: "If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

England's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, came third with a line from his play about the star-crossed lovers in "Romeo and Juliet": "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun."

A list of quotes and their ranking by respondents follows:

1. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same - Emily Bronte

2. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you - A A Milne

3. But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun - Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

4. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong - W.H. Auden   Continued...

 
<p>Luca Ceccarelli (L) kisses his wife Irene Lanforti after getting married at Casa di Giulietta in Verona June 1, 2009. Casa di Giulietta, or Juliet's House, is a museum dedicated to Shakespeare's "Romeo &amp; Juliet" play. The museum contains frescoes, paintings and other artefacts related to the story. Ceccarelli and Lanforti are the first couple recorded to marry at the 'Juliet's balcony', claimed by locals to be the very same balcony Juliet cried out for her lover Romeo. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>