Friendship is one of the most important relationships in the world. Since time immemorial, people have unusual and beautiful friendships that could absolutely withstand the time of time and space. The pages of history shows some of the most remarkable friendships that you would not think could possibly bloom.
The Unlikeliest Of Friends
Mark Twain and Helen Keller
Helen Keller is not just remembered as an extraordinary blind and deaf. She is also the epitome of the triumph of the human spirit with her work as a political activist and author. Keller became an inspiration and national hero but she also forged one of the most unlikely friendships with equally renowned author Mark Twain. The pair is quite unlikely since Helen was only 14 years old when she met Twain who was already in his 50s. However, the former reminded the latter of his daughter, making them grow much fonder of each other. Twain defended Keller against accusations of plagiarism and introduced her to her benefactor who helped Helen graduate from Radcliffe College.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was one of the most popular and influential poets of her time in the history of America. She forged an unlikely friendship with Thomas Wentworth Higginson as her mentor and editor. Higginson was a prominent name in the past due to his abolitionist efforts and his work as a literary critic, minister, and author. Higginson’s essay entitled Letter to a Young Contributor aims to inspire new writers in 1862. He later received a letter from Dickinson who was still unknown at the time. The letter contains some of the poems of Dickinson, which she submitted to Higginson for his criticism and advice. It also began a teacher-student relationship between the two.
Tom Jones and Lady Rothes
It was in the early 1900s when Lady Rothes and Tom Jones bonded together and formed an unlikely friendship. The two led different lives but fate intertwined them during the most horrific accident in history, the sinking of the Titanic. The two were both passengers of the lifeboat called Lifeboat Eight. Thomas William Jones was the seaman in command while Lady Lucy Noel Martha, Countess of Rothes, was one of the passengers. Jones recounted that the lifeboat would never have reached the Carpathia if not for the efforts of Lady Rothes who is the only one who knew about sailing. After their rescue, the two never met again but maintained a friendship and correspondence that lasted a lifetime.
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle
Harry Houdini is an established name in the history of the world, owing to his craft as the renowned escapologist. He also developed a career debunking claims of supernatural and exposing fake psychics. At the other side of the road is Arthur Conan Doyle who is a complete believer of the paranormal. However, the two formed a friendship mainly because Houdini did not try to show his feelings and biases against spiritualism. Unfortunately, the two never recovered their friendship when Houdini declared war against the paranormal and spiritualists after a séance.