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If you are a bibliophile and you have read enough books you'd know that love and life are the most complex things ever. Sometimes in the complexity of things characters propose marriage to each other and it is rather embarrassing.
Here are 7 times that our beloved characters have had to go through it and we felt the embarrassment as if it was literally ours.
1. Mr. Collins proposing to Elizabeth in Pride and the Prejudice.
It has to be one of the most uncomfortably comic scenes in the text where Mr.Collins actually believes that in some universe Elizabeth would actually say yes to him.
2. Mr. Darcy proposing to Elizabeth for the first time.
Well, let's face it Darcy is a definite heartthrob of many of us but how to forget the absolute mess he made of himself the first time he proposed to Elizabeth is not something many of us can forget. He proposes to Elizabeth by saying he’ll marry her in spite of her glaring personality flaws and ridiculous family, and then he has the audacity to add, “You’re welcome for that, by the way.” I mean who says that.
3. When Mr.Rochester proposes to Jane Eyre.
Well, apart from the fact that he is a complete moron for hiding his first wife in the attic and not telling his bride to be about her. And secondly who tries your prospective bride into accepting her feelings unwillingly. He does this thing where he implies he’s marrying a better, richer, more beautiful woman. Then he tricks Jane into admitting she has feelings for him. Talk about bad marriage plans.
4. Mr. Elton's proposal to Emma in Emma
Imagine if you are trying to set your friend up with someone and he instead gets the wrong idea and falls for you. Yup... embarrassing is what it is. This is exactly what happens when Emma and Mr. Elton are travelling in a carriage and he confesses his feelings for her. And when Emma reminds him of Harriet, the friend she is trying to set him up with, he asks who is Harriet...oops!
5. Levin proposes to Kitty Anna Karenina
They are the match made in heaven, at least in 1800 Russia. The only problem is that she doesn't know and hence says no when he proposes to her. Eventually Levin proposes again and she accepts, so now I can sleep at night and eventually die in peace.
6. Laurie's proposal to Jo in Little Women
This is one of the sad ones where everything doesn't end up as we thought it would. But it's okay, sometimes it's necessary for pain to touch us in a literary way for us to appreciate the happiness in our lives. So, Jo rejects Laurie’s proposal, and Laurie marries Amy, Jo on the other hand marries Mr. Bhaer, and that Beth just straight-up dies. Yes, I know gloomy.
7. Benedict's proposal to Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.
It is one of the cutest proposals ever for people who are uncomfortable at being vulnerable and maybe that is what makes it so comically funny. They’re both so afraid of being vulnerable that it feels like they were practically made for each other.
BENEDICK: They swore that you were almost sick for me.
BEATRICE: They swore that you were well-nigh dead for me.
BENEDICK: 'Tis no such matter. Then you do not love me?
BEATRICE: No, truly, but in friendly recompense.
Now ain't that cute...and funny!
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