The greatest reunions in literature

21 March 2017

We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.

 
In honour of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday, here are Macmillan Collector’s Library’s top ten reunions in literature. 
 

Sherlock Holmes comes back from the dead in The Adventure of the Empty House.

'I rose to my feet, stared at him for some seconds in utter amazement, and then it appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life.'







 

Elsa comes home after giving birth to her cubs in Born Free by Joy Adamson.

'Suddenly there was a swift movement and before I could take in what was happening Elsa was between us, sweeping everything off the table, knocking us to the ground, sitting on us and overwhelming us with joy and affection.'









Mr Bingley finally proposes to Jane Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

'Jane could have no reserves from Elizabeth, where confidence would give pleasure; and instantly embracing her, acknowledged, with the liveliest emotion, that she was the happiest creature in the world.'








Jay Gatsby is reunited with Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

'But there was a change in Gatsby that was simply confounding. He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room.'









Jane returns to Mr Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

'“Is it Jane?  What is it?  This is her shape—this is her size—”

“And this her voice,” I added.  “She is all here: her heart, too.  God bless you, sir!  I am glad to be so near you again.”'











Mr Craven re-enters his dead wife’s garden in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

'The newcomer stood silent just as the children had done when they came into its greyness. He looked round and round.

"I thought it would be dead," he said.'









Odysseus is reunited with Penelope in Homer’s The Odyssey.

'She burst into tears, she ran to him, she flung her arms about his neck and cried, ‘My Odysseus…’'








Captain Ahab battles the white whale for the last time in Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.

'“Forehead to forehead I meet thee, this third time, Moby Dick!”'











Tom is reunited with Ellie in Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies.

'And as Tom neared the island, there sat upon a rock the most graceful creature that ever was seen, looking down, with her chin upon her hand, and paddling with her feet in the water.  And when they came to her she looked up, and behold it was Ellie.'











Romeo and Juliet are together at last in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

'JULIET: This is thy sheath; there rest, and let me die.
                  She stabs herself and falls [on Romeo's body].'