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I want to read stories about people who lived their whole life for someone else.

Asked by freckles (363points) February 23rd, 2010

I want to read about a woman who is married to a man who gets a mental illness, and doesn’t even know who she is anymore, but she stays with him and puts all her energy into making his life better. I want to read about a man who works 80 hours a week to provide for his wife. I want to read about the forlorn lover, who can never be with the one they love, but still loves them alone, and secretly does things to make the beloved happy. etc, I think you get the idea. I’m very romantic today, well I always am.

I appreciate your suggestions (I want stories I can read online)

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tinyfaery's avatar

No one lives their life solely for other people.

janbb's avatar


Cruiser's avatar

Skype me and you can watch it all live!

CMaz's avatar

That is/was me, until I divorced her.

Let’s see how long someone stay with a woman that can’t stop talking.

john65pennington's avatar

My shadow has always been there for me. it follows me everywhere i go and i assume its dedicated to only me. shadow/silhouette: both mean the same.

ldeb's avatar

…tune in to a movie on lifetime

Trillian's avatar

You guys. This person is asking a serious question, and you mock!~
Don’t listen to these dolts, honey. I don’t know of any stories like the ones for which you are asking, but I found something about Self Sacrifice which may interest you. Then perhaps you could craft a story all your own.

ChaosCross's avatar

Read about… Jesus?

Trillian's avatar

I must protest the accuracy of the statement of @tinyfaery. There have been a few. Understandably. but this woman managed it.

tinyfaery's avatar

Nope. All acts are selfish.

Don’t get me started about Mother Teresa. She went a shit poor country and convinced women they didn’t need birth control or their own religion. She never would have done it if she did not derive pleasure from it.

Kelci33's avatar

Although the movie suckedddddd. Dear John is just what you need.

Jeruba's avatar

There’s a secondary character in the amazing and wonderful novel Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset, who carries a lifelong torch for Kristin. Similarly, there is Sidney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities and, if I recall correctly, Dobbin in Vanity Fair. There’s steadfast Gabriel Oak in Far From the Madding Crowd and faithful Agnes Wickfield in David Copperfield. These are all romantic attractions. Some of them are resolved happily and some not.

A few years ago I read a novel that focused on a woman whose husband was in a coma. The novel explored aspects of love in all kinds of relationships; there was even a ghost in it. I can’t remember the title. I gave it about a B- for its simplistic quality, but it was rated higher by others in my book group.

In Antigone, the daughter devotes herself to her father, the banished Oedipus. It seems to me that there are numerous literary examples of selfless devotion to a parent, but others are not springing to mind at the moment.

A similar devotion of parent to child is probably more modern. I don’t believe children were ever thought of in that way until relatively recent times. There are probably short stories with this theme.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Cordelia, Little Dorrit, Lucy Manette

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