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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February Question of the Month

February Question of the Month

Love stories are everywhere: on our bookshelf, at the touch of a remote and in the theater. Which two characters make up your favorite fictional couple and why?

Truman Capote's semi-autobiographical short story, "A Christmas Memory," tells the story of two best friends: a young boy and his kind-hearted, childlike older cousin. Capote's warm, poignant depiction of their friendship is beautifully written. This story is a great read for anyone who believes soul mates can take many forms. I read it every Christmas.
Haven Abedin, full-time faculty, English Department

My favorite fictional couple is--hands down--Nick and Nora Charles, the mystery solving duo created by Dashiell Hammett for his novel The Thin Man--a book everyone should read at least once; then, watch the film by the same name. You can't beat Nick and Nora for witty, sometimes acerbic, always clever husband and wife repartee.
Dr. Thom Chesney, president, Brookhaven College

My favorite fictional couple is Jesse and Celine from “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset.” The quintessential couple that reminds us that it's not the amount of time you spend with someone but the quality of time is what matters. Both movies are on my laptop, my iPod and phone. :)
Manuel Estrella, senior information systems manager, Information Technology

Katharine Hepburn makes up the better part of any couple she has portrayed. She waited for Spencer Tracy to find the integrity she knew he had within him in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She took on Humphrey Bogart and leeches in The African Queen. She was full of propriety and mud as she connived against John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn. And as Ethyl, she dived into the water (at actual age 74) to rescue her “old poop,” Norman Thayer. She had so many wonderful ways to love a partner.
Delryn Fleming, full-time faculty, Communications Division

I'm really into the comedy television show Mike and Molly. He is a policeman and she is an elementary school teacher. They are just your average couple, having the usual couple problems, amongst the backdrop of Chicago (my home town.) The show is very sweet and funny, with situations we can all relate to.
Anna Masters, adjunct faculty, Communications Division

The fictional couple that has had hearts aflutter for generations is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice because their relationship takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster that is both exasperating and intensely romantic.
Mary Mukhtarian, adjunct faculty, Business Studies Division

Though they came from different economic backgrounds, The Notebook’s Noah and Allie had a passion for each other that overcame insurmountable obstacles: the schemes of a prejudice mother, heartbreak, other relationships, time and distance, and ultimately, Alzheimer’s. I love their devotion.
Jessica Rawlins, marketing and advertising coordinator, Marketing and Public Information

The characters Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman played in the film Casablanca, Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund, respectively. Why? It was clear that they had been and were still deeply in love when they met again in the fabled city of Casablanca. The complications were many (there was a war on, she was still married to the man she thought had been killed earlier in the war) when they rediscovered each other, purely by chance. Rick Blaine was charged with "doing the thinking" for both he and Ilsa as their future hung in the balance and he chose to honor the stakes that were higher and more pressing than theirs. This decision meant he would go on to join the war effort and she would remain by her husband's side as Rick recognized that she was the source of his strength and that had she left him to remain with him, they would come to regret it. Similar to the many-decades-later utterance of Spock in "The Wrath of Khan", the needs of the many outweigh those of the few." How true this is, which is exemplified by what Bogart said to Bergman as they parted ways as she was about to board the plan to Lisbon, and then onto America, alongside her husband, "We'll always have Paris." Merci Monsieur Blaine and Madame Lund for the memories I relive each time I watch the film...again and again.
Rick Tuman, coordinator, Workforce and Continuing Education

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, my favorite fictional couple is from the 1974 Mel Brooks movie “Young Frankenstein.” I loved the unlikely romantic couple Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn) and Frankenstein's creature (Peter Boyle). The development of their "relationship(?)" was hilarious. I guess it took one monster to tame another monster!
John Williams, faculty, Psychology Department

You may have missed this month’s question, but it’s never too late to participate! Look for an email next month labeled “March Chatter Fun Facts” to get the new question.