Want to know what is a real romantic marriage proposal? These literary works show that marriage proposals do not have to be over-dramatic to make an impact. In subtle words, the beauty of romance is exhibited in these novels. LoveBondings, in this post, gives you a list of some of the most enviable marriage proposals from literary works.
“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me”
― Winston S. Churchill
Love needs no language, yet, to profess your love, it is the choice of your words that make the biggest impact. Though not necessarily filled with metaphors and similes of over-dramatic claims of love, literature is rife with examples of marriage proposals that have been so beautifully described that you will fall in love with those characters involved.
In literature, you’ll not find the typical ‘Will You Marry Me?’ done pompously, rather, it is a simple, plain affair. Now, if your lady love likes classic literature, you could take a cue from these literary works. Though most of them happen to be in a minimal conversation, or through a letter, these vintage ideas are certainly enviable. Here, are some examples of really enviable marriage proposals in literature.
Benedick & Beatrice – Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Want to go the non-traditional way? Check this extract of conversation between Benedick and Beatrice.
BENEDICK: What a miracle! Our handwriting gives away our hearts. Come on, I’ll take you, but honestly I’m only doing it out of pity.
BEATRICE: I won’t say no to you, but let it be known that I’m only doing this after a lot of persuasion and to save your life – I hear you were quickly wasting away without me.
BENEDICK: Oh, shut up! I’ll stop your mouth with a kiss.
This marriage proposal between two people who are always at war with each other, and cannot confess their feelings is not the typical romantic one. Both refuse to accept their love in a traditional way, and it is Claudio and Hero who reveal their unfinished poems written for each other, proclaiming their love. And after the initial negative comments about their marriage, the proposal ends in a kiss. Aww, wouldn’t you love to have such sweet friends who would do the job for you?
Laurie & Amy – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Want your marriage proposal to be in minimal words? Take a hint from this extract.
“How well we pull together, don’t we?” said Amy, who objected to silence just then.
“So well that I wish we might always pull in the same boat. Will you, Amy?” very tenderly.
“Yes, Laurie,” very low.
In this novel Laurie proposes to Amy in subtle words while rowing a boat. While Amy tries to break the silence and offers Laurie help to row the boat, he simply asks whether she will be willing to row the boat forever with him. It is plain, simple and direct. All Amy does is say yes to him. There is beauty in simplicity, isn’t it?
Florentino Ariza & Fermina Daza – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
When Florentino falls head over heels in love with Fermina, he decides to propose to her by writing a letter. And Fermina takes very long to reply after encouragement from Aunt Escolástica, but the reply is really unique.
Very well, I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.
Imagine someone accepting a marriage proposal by simply scribbling on a piece of paper! Though this relationship is not successful after Fermina’s father distances them, the unfinished teenage romance resumes in their old years.
Wentworth & Anneby – Persuasion by Jane Austen
Thoughts expressed through a letter rather than spoken are far more romantic. You don’t need background music or any mushy tones. Written words are like a melody, subtly singing and making their way towards your heart. This extract of the letter by Wentworth to Anne, is certainly worth your while.
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. 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 me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. 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 us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in
I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.
This letter is nothing short of the perfect love letter. Who can deny a man who can pen down thoughts so beautifully? Well, I don’t know about Anne, but I would have certainly been persuaded if someone had written such a letter for me. Kudos to Austen for showing an emotional side of a man without being over-dramatic.
Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A wonderful kiss works wonders, and does all the saying for you, even if words fail you. This extract from the novel proves that.
Say you’ll marry me when I come back or, before God, I won’t go. I’ll stay around here and play a guitar under your window every night and sing at the top of my voice and compromise you, so you’ll have to marry me to save your reputation.
This is not a conventional proposal. After Frank’s (Scarlett’s husband) death, Rhett proposes to Scarlett, and she declines. Then he kisses her, and it is awesome enough for him to say yes to her.
Levin & Kitty – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The couple’s relationship does go through tough times; however, things turn out sweet in the end. Levin, an intellectual and over-thinking individual, falls in love with Kitty. Though Kitty had initially refused him for another man, they reconcile later, and Kitty seeks his forgiveness.
For a long while he could not understand what she had written, and often looked into her eyes. He was stupefied with happiness. He could not supply the words she had meant; but in her charming eyes, beaming with happiness, he saw all he needed to know. And he wrote three letters. But he had hardly finished writing when she read them over her arm, and herself finished and wrote the answer, ‘Yes.’
This proposal is rather a sweet one―both express their love with the help of a chalk, though, it is simply a medium and their hearts have already said yes.