Sense & Sensibility - Brandon was the best male character Jane Austen ever wrote. Willeby was a 2-faced liar, Darcy thought he was above Elizabeth, Wickem couldn't keep it in his pants, Knightly criticized Emma all the time, Edward kept his engagement a secret, BUT Colonel Brandon was always kind, always loyal, and always held the highest moral standards. marianne got the best guy
Karen Blixen: It's an odd feeling, farewell. There is such envy in it. Men go off to be tested, for courage. And if we're tested at all, it's for patience, for doing without, for how well we can endure loneliness.