After that video, though, what I discovered just made my day! This brilliant guy proposed to his girlfriend using love quotes. I have to say I’m just blown away. How perfect!
I haven’t thought much about marriage proposals in over twenty years, which is when I got married. But just a few days ago I came across an old book from the late nineteenth century, How Heroes of Fiction Propose and How Heroines Reply, of an anonymous compiler. It has all sorts of excerpts from fine literature, and I excitedly put it aside hoping to be able to read it soon.
And now this totally cool quoteprosal! It’s less than 8 minutes, so if you’re interested in quotes and the heart-stirring emotions that come with young love and marriage proposals, do check it out: youtube.com/watch?v=CINqkaRK28U
“There comes a moment in the life of almost every man when, his heart beating like a Nasmyth hammer, with faltering voice and his brain in a whirl, he takes fate in his hands, and tremblingly asks one of the gentler sex to be his—wife. Some men there are—but how few!—who go into ‘popping the question’ in a business-like way, that simply leaves romance out in the cold and Cupid freezing to death. But better the young fellows who propose in the red-hot flush of love. The master writers of fiction show us, that even though every girl is aware that her adorer is about the put the fateful question, she is seldom able to control her agitation and that even the ‘wee, sma’ word,’ ‘Yes,’ is very difficult to pronounce. She says ‘Yes’ with all the fervor that one word can convey coming direct from the heart. The noblest offer a man can make a woman is marriage, and woe to those who offer it lightly! The lamp lighted at the fateful moment spell-binds the young, and burns with radiance on into middle life.” ~Introduction to How Heroes of Fiction Propose and How Heroines Reply, 1890, paraphrased and a little altered
Ah, Monsieur Eehn, how you’ve quote-pierced my proverbial heart.