“With so much true merit and true love, and no want of fortune and friends, the happiness of the married cousins must appear as secure as earthly happiness can be. Equally formed for domestic life, and attached to country pleasures, their home was the home of affection and comfort” (on the marriage of Edmund Bertram and Fanny Price, from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Chapter XLVIII).
Painting “Love Among the Ruins” by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898).
HSLDA’s Home School Heartbeat radio program suggested some Valentine’s Day studies geared toward older students. Their “Aspects of Love” interview briefly discusses some love stories from great literature — Homer, The Divine Comedy, The Faerie Queen, and, of course, Pride and Prejudice! Transcripts and audio for the program can be found here. The discussion of Pride and Prejudice begins at about 3:49 in the audio.
Illustration by C. E. Brock from Pride and Prejudice.