I once read a pithy description of a prospective ideal spouse: "I would like to marry someone," the interviewee said, "who could get me out of a Turkish prison, if need be."
Not sexy, stylish, hot, funny, cute and all the other Hollywoodisms that may come to mind. Just: "get me out of a Turkish prison."
The thought was superb. It stuck in my mind as a great metaphor.
Turns out it can be more than a figure of speech: for this couple, profiled in the Chicago Tribune, it was real life. Must read.