Category Archives: Proposals

Complete truth

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken . . .” Of Emma’s conversation with Mr. Knightley as he proposes, when she … Continue reading

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A lady always does

"What did she say?  Just what she ought, of course.  A lady always does." Of Emma’s reply to Mr. Knightley, when he proposesEmma, volume 3, chapter 13

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The gravel walk

“There they exchanged again those feelings and those promises which had once before seemed to secure everything, but which had been followed by so many, many years of division and estrangement.  There they returned again into the past, more exquisitely … Continue reading

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An overpowering happiness

“Such a letter was not to be soon recovered from. . . . Every moment rather brought fresh agitation.  It was an overpowering happiness.” Persuasion, volume 2, chapter 11

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Too excellent creature!

“I can hardly write.  I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me.  You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others.  Too good, too excellent creature!  You do … Continue reading

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I have loved none but you

“Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death.  I have loved none but you.  Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.  You alone have brought … Continue reading

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You pierce my soul

I don’t know how it is that we haven’t featured Captain Wentworth’s letter here yet.  <swoon…>  Happy Monday, dear readers! “I can listen no longer in silence.  I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach.  … Continue reading

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I cannot make speeches

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers!  One of my favorites… Here is Knightley echoing Darcy’s thoughts of the other day: “I cannot make speeches, Emma . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it … Continue reading

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It is by no means certain…

Mr. Collins and his dreadful proposal… “You must give me leave to flatter myself, my dear cousin, that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course. My reasons for believing it are briefly these: — It does not … Continue reading

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Incomprehensible

“Oh! to be sure,” cried Emma, “it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.” Emma discussing with … Continue reading

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