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Dancing at Midnight Themes

Julia Quinn
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Themes

Romantic Love

Romantic love, and overcoming obstacles to find it, is by far the most overarching theme of "Dancing at Midnight." Here, the book begins with the picture of a happily married aristocratic couple, Alex and Emma, allowing the reader a glimpse of what Belle herself might hope to find one day. Her immediate attraction to John - and his for her - is nevertheless tested by a series of obstacles, including his gruffness, her fake engagement to another, his brother's infatuation with her, his feeling that he does not deserve her, and his worry that he is putting her life in danger. Nevertheless, they overcome each obstacle, proving that their love can conquer all. This is further emphasized by the symbol of the poem, which runs as a separate thread throughout the novel. Belle is convinced that John should write her a poem to prove his love, and...

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