Shove off, quality time and physical touch: there's a new love language in town, and it's one everyone age 30 and under is fluent in (no, it's not swiping left). From smarmy winking faces to full-on picto-sentences, emojis are the preferred method for communicating lust, loss, and the fact that your parents aren't home.
But it doesn't have to stop there. Imagine a world in which the greatest love stories of our time — Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Zack and Kelly, you and those Chicken Fries from Burger King — could be translated into emoji. Oh wait, you don't have to imagine because such a world already exists, AND YOU LIVE IN IT. Depicted below are four classic stories of youthful, crazy love from literature and pop culture. Depending on your age, you can either read them in your second language or stare at them blankly, wondering where the time has gone.
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Nandita Raghuram is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn.