(Please excuse me, I'm having a Logan Echols-induced moment...)
Anyway, Sommer's post led me to think about those quintessential romantic moments. You know the ones. Those moments where you kind of gasp, sigh, and try not to cry?
Here are a few of mine and while I'd say they're in no real order, I will put Jane Eyre first. Toby Stephens is the ultimate Rochester just as many romance fans will agree that Colin Firth is the only accepted Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Jane's impassioned speech is a rallying cry for women out there who feel like an ordinary person in an extraordinary world:
"Do you think I'm a machine, that I can bear it? Do you think because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I have no heart? That I am without soul? I have as much heart as you and as much soul. And if God had given me some beauty and wealth, I would make it as hard for you to leave me as it is now for me to leave you."
Score: 5 out of 5 sighs
I tried to find video clips from Ang Lee's Sense & Sensibility (1995), especially Elinor and Edward's final scene when she learns the truth about who Lucy married. Emma Thompson earned her Best Actress nod in this scene. You watch it and tell me you don't feel her struggle to remain composed while overwhelmed with emotion. Well, I'd link it here, but I can't find it.
Score: 3 out of 5 sighs
As far as swooning goes, I couldn't really get behind the Elinor/Edward romance as much as I could reserved Colonel Brandon and impassioned Marianne Dashwood. The bedside vigil he held while Marianne fought for her life? I sigh just thinking about it.
Score: 4 out of 5 sighs
I will leave you with this scene from Pride and Prejudice. Yes, the A&E version, not the Hollywood knock-off. There are other scenes that are more sigh-worthy, but for anyone eager for a Colin Firth lake scene...
Oh, Darcy. We forgive you for your earlier proposal.
Score: 5 out of 5 sighs (for the entire A&E production)