character post #14: Rick Blaine/Ilsa Lund

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman)

In honor of the holiday, let’s talk about one of history’s most tragic romances: Rick and Ilsa’s love story.

Ilsa had one tough game going on for her. She thought she lost the man she loved, Victor, her husband, to death, so she opens her heart to another man, Rick, only to find out that her first love had survived. Years later, she finds herself reunited with Rick and is torn between the two men she loves although it seems clear enough that her heart now belongs to Rick instead of with her husband, Victor.

Why in the world does fate deal such tragic cards?

Rick proved to be every woman’s hero: the guy who loves you so much that he’s willing to sacrifice his own happiness for your safety.

Love. Why must you be so complicated?

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