It's time to determine the best Dickensian couple! Out of all your nominations, both here and on the Facebook page, seven couples made the cut -- all the couples who were nominated by three or more people. The poll is in the sidebar on the right side of the page, and you'll be able to vote until Tuesday morning. You may vote for up to two couples.
Here are our contestants! (Be aware that there are plenty of spoilers in the photos and quotes below.)
"No I haven't," she returned, "not a bit of it. Don't you mind about me. I like sitting up, and I've often had a sleep, bless you, in one of them chairs. But if you could have seen how you tried to jump out o' winder, and if you could have heard how you used to keep singing and making speeches, you wouldn't have believed it -- I'm so glad you're better, Mr. Liverer."
"Liverer indeed!" said Dick thoughtfully. "It's well I am a liverer. I strongly suspect I should have died, Marchioness, but for you."
David Copperfield and Agnes Wickfield, David Copperfield
"I am so blest, Trotwood -- my heart is so overcharged -- but there is one thing I must say."
She laid her gentle hands upon my shoulders, and looked calmly in my face.
"Do you know, yet, what it is?"
"I am afraid to speculate on what it is. Tell me, my dear."
"I have loved you all my life!"
Arthur Clennam and Amy Dorrit, Little Dorrit
"I am yours anywhere, everywhere! I love you dearly! I would rather pass my life here with you, and go out daily, working for our bread, than I would have the greatest fortune that ever was told, and be the greatest lady that ever was honoured. O, if poor papa may only know how blest at last my heart is, in this room where he suffered for so many years!"
Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette, A Tale of Two Cities
"In the hour of my death, I shall hold sacred the one good remembrance -- and shall thank and bless you for it -- that my last avowal of myself was made to you, and that my name, and faults, and miseries were gently carried in your heart. May it otherwise be light and happy!"
He was so unlike what he had ever shown himself to be, and it was so sad to think how much he had thrown away, and how much he every day kept down and perverted, that Lucie Manette wept mournfully for him as he stood looking back to her.
Noddy and Henrietta Boffin, Our Mutual Friend
Opening her eyes again, and seeing her husband's face across the table, she leaned forward to give it a pat on the cheek, and sat down to supper, declaring it the best face in the world.
To which Bella responded, "Yes, I AM yours if you think me worth taking!" And after that, seemed to shrink to next to nothing in the clasp of his arms, partly because it was such a strong one on his part, and partly because there was such a yielding to it on hers.
Eugene Wrayburn and Lizzie Hexam, Our Mutual Friend
"You have thrown yourself away," said Eugene, shaking his head. "But you have followed the treasure of your heart. My justification is, that you had thrown that away first, dear girl!"
"No. I had given it to you."
"The same thing, my poor Lizzie!"
"Hush, hush! A very different thing."