You hear it all the time about couples—“They’re perfect for each other!” Well, what does that really mean? Today on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith,Dr. Gene Edward Veith discusses the importance of good character in love and marriage as we continue this week’s Valentine’s Day focus.
This week we’re suggesting some works for a Valentine’s Day unit study on famous couples in literature. Any family that has middle school or high school–aged daughters probably already knows Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Dr. Veith, what can we learn about love from Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett?
Dr. Gene Veith:
Well, when they first met each other, they didn’t like each other. And, in the whole course of the novel, it’s about them learning about each other and appreciating their character and their moral character. And, finally, that was what led to real love between them. Now, some of the other characters make the wrong choices, and they go after appearances; Elizabeth’s sister Lydia goes off with Wickham, and he turns out to be a real cad. And it really is a good example as it goes through all of those different relationships that it explores, that really—character in the person you love is really the most important thing of all.
Thanks so much, Dr. Veith! The lessons we can learn from this couple are valuable not only for students, but for husbands and wives, as we navigate the real life challenge of loving one another well. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.