Haven’t participated in Top Ten Tuesday in a while, but I’m excited for this week’s topic: top ten platonic relationships from books. Families, friends, and mentors – classic literature is chock-full of great examples!
- Davey Balfour and Alan Breck Stewart from Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson) – I have to reread this book every so often. I just love the complex dynamic between two friends who have such different backgrounds, views, and goals.
- Gandalf and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien) – Another duo who don’t get along too well at the beginning – Gandalf, the no-nonsense wizard, and Pippin, who is just a bit clueless. Nonetheless, when push comes to shove, they’re on each other’s side and find common understanding.
- Mudpuddle, Jill, and Eustace from The Silver Chair (C. S. Lewis) – Probably my favorite group of characters from the whole Narnia series! I admir how they’re all three loyal to each other and their quest. Maybe less realistic than some of the other Narnia portrayals (e.g. Digory and Polly, whom I also love), but still great.
- Dorothy and Scarecrow from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) – Childhood favorite.
- Holmes and Watson from the Sherlock Holmes series (A. C. Doyle) – One of the most unlikely friendships in literature, and also long-lasting!
- Onegin and Lensky from Eugene Onegin (Alexander Pushkin) – There’s a lot you can learn from the rise and fall of this friendship. Even so, I don’t think I’ll ever fully understand what happened.
- Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy from Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) – Enough said. 🙂
- Orual and Psyche from Till We Have Faces (C. S. Lewis) – Another great portrayal of sisters.
- Jim Hawkins and Dr. Livesey from Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) – More of a father-son relationship, this friendship is tested by events and other characters in a really interesting way.
- Pip and Joe from Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) – In some ways this is a father-son relationship “gone wrong,” but at the same time, it’s incredibly compelling and realistic. Quite a tearjerker.
Well, that’s my ten. Who did I miss?!