Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1856)
When Emma Rouault said, “I do” to Charles Bovary, she did not did not imagine how boring Charles would be as a country doctor. She was burning in desire; she wanted the luxury, passion, and dangerousness. All, which Charles provincial life could not provide. Disappointed and drive by her mad passion she start an affair, and enter the world of destructive impulse, treachery, and misery.
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881)
Isabel Archer is a gorgeous and lively American when she travels to Europe to visit her rich Aunt Touchett her marriage is anticipated. However, Isabel, being a free-spirited woman want to write her own story, she refuse to be wedded to two qualified suitors. The story begins when she find herself madly in love with Gilbert Osmond who is a wolf in sheep clothes. It is a romantic tragedy, until this day Isabel’s love story still rings true to modern readers.
A Room with a View by EM Forster (1908)
Lucy is your average middle-class girl, her life was determined for her even before she was born. When she travels to Florence with Charlotte, her tense cousin her life is turned upside down. For the first time, she opens her eyes to a different world by the unusual characters she encounters at the Pension Bertolini: lurid romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, nosy Mr. Emerson, and most importantly, his adoring son George. The story revolves around Lucy being stuck between the colorful life of Italy and the inhibited moralities of Edwardian England, which is embodied by her incurably dull fiancé Cecil Vyse (this of course wouldn’t be a problem today with the insurance options available). The question is will Lucy listen to her heart?