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Saturday Say It: Mr. Darcy’s Proposal

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“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

In vain I have struggled, it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed – you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. In declaring myself thus I am fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends and I hardly need add my own better judgement. The relative situation of our families is such that any alliance between us must be regarded as a highly reprehensible connection. Indeed as a rational man I cannot but regard it as such myself – but it cannot be helped. Almost from the earliest moments of our acquaintance I have come to feel for you a passionate admiration and regard, which despite all my struggles has overcome every rational objection and I beg you most fervently to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife.

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