An Indecent Proposal

Dear Mr Knightley and Mrs. Jenings, 

So I’ll just give you the short version. My boyfriend proposed to me. And I told him no. Not because I don’t love him, but because we’re just not at a good place right now. We’re living together and its been super stressful trying to balance that with work and going to school as well. Right now I almost feel like I need a break from a relationship, not to be starting a deeper and more complicated chapter in our lives. Of course he took it personally and now he’s talking about moving out. Honestly, I almost feel like that would be better. But I also don’t want to lose him. Because like I said, I do love him. I feel really trapped right now and I don’t have any close friends here in Boston so I was hoping I could try to bounce this off of you two and see if either of you had some advice. I know you’re trying to be clever or funny with this blog but a lot of the stuff I’ve seen on here have been surprisingly good. So thanks. I look forward to your answer. If you don’t want to feature this one on the blog you can just email me at (email removed). 

Thanks, 

Kelsey 

The Proposal

The Wrong Question

My Dear Kelsey,

You are quite a smart girl indeed. For you have behaved very well in this situation. You are still young and I daresay many a young gentleman may still court your hand. Taking the very first offer of marriage you receive would be foolishness indeed! Now as for the young man, you must not let him feel too down hearted. That is not to say accept his proposal. Only make sure that he feels that there is still some hope. Do not let him feel like some jilted lover, but rather that he is just another poor wretch suffering under Cupid heavy burden of unrequited love. That way if you find, in time of course, that you do in fact wish to be his wife, you may finally “come round” and return his feelings. He will feel all the greater for having endured loves trials and prevailed, as all men do feel when they get to conquer something, and you may have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a choice to ensure you own happiness forever.

Regarding this whole matter of living together, it may be difficult to keep him at a distance far enough to entertain other suitors if he does live with you. So perhaps severing your current arrangement would be best. Only again, make sure to ensure his affection for you before you sever it. This is of the utmost importance!

Best of luck dear girl!

Mrs. Jenings

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3 responses to “An Indecent Proposal

  • elinoredashwood

    I would also like to add that you must be certain that your own basic needs will be seen to. If your gentleman moves out, will you still be able to support yourself? Moving into a smaller dwelling can be trying, to be sure, but it can be done, believe me. Striking out on your own in a new town can be daunting, but if you keep a smile ever at the ready you will be prepared to meet new friends.

    On the other side, I understand how comforting it can be to have a familiar face by your side. I think it would be the proper thing to talk to him and remind him clearly of your love.

  • missmariannedashwood

    You two! How could you! Speaking of living arrangements and comfort when there is a man’s poor heart on the line! If he has indeed made his intentions towards Kelsey known it can only mean that he truly and deeply must love her! And if Kelsey does indeed feel the selfsame love towards him why should she repress it! No! I think she should think of his poor heart! If he is truly getting as upset at her answer as she says it can only mean that her rough words, no doubt all reason and no comfort, must be breaking his heart! Love is not an added burden but a sweet relief! It can be an arm to lean on when work and studies become too much! Do not write it off so simply!

  • charlotecollins

    While I do not agree with missmariannedashwood’s sentimentality, I must say that I also think that you may wish to reconsider the matter. For you cannot be assured of other offers of marriage, no matter how much Mrs. Jenings may be sure that they will be offered. You should secure him now while you still can, before he has rejected you completely and moved on to a more deserving lady.

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