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Re: Wedding Proposal
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1880  Wednesday, 3 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Eduardo del Rio <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 12:05:24 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal

[2]     From:   Marti Markus <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 19:28:21 +0100
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[3]     From:   Yvonne Bruce <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 15:31:47 -0500
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 16:36:13 -0500
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 15:17:23 -0800 (PST)
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Nov 99 0:03:30 EST
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Nov 1999 07:39:40 +8/00
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Nov 1999 15:12:40 +1000
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[9]     From:   Matthew C. Hansen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 03 Nov 1999 03:23:44 -0600
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From:           Eduardo del Rio <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 12:05:24 -0600
Subject: 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal

Dear Ron,

There are many lines/scenes which come to mind. However, it seems to me
that your words would be much more effective and will give you a better
chance of receiving a standing ovation.

Good luck.
Eduardo

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From:           Marti Markus <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 19:28:21 +0100
Subject: 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal

> I am looking for a good Wedding Proposal-type soliloquy in order to ask
> my girlfriend to marry me.  Basically, I am going to ride up to her on
> Sunday (Nov 7th) on a White Horse in this great White Prince's costume.
> I have everything rented (including the minstrel band) and now I need
> the words...
>
> I heard that the wedding scene in The Tempest was good and that there
> may be a few sonnets to look into but I was wondering if our group had
> any ideas.  If you do, please post them verbatim so that I can start
> memorizing them right away.
>
> Thank you,
> Ron Benoit

Dear Ron, why a soliloquy? and why not just ask her in your own words?

Good Luck!

Honestly yours, Markus.

Unless you really want to make a fool of yourself, then what about:

"I am giddy; expectation whirls me round. / Th'imaginary relish is so
sweet / That it enchants my sense. What will it be/ When that the wat'ry
palates taste indeed / Love's thrice-reputed nectar?"
(Tr. and Cr., III.2.17ff)

There is also a passage in Twelfth Night, III.4.271ff:
"I'll make the motion.  Stand here; make a good show on't. This shall
end without the perdition of souls. Marry, I'll ride your horse as well
as I ride you."

But this needs some improvement - you will need to wear your yellow
stockings, and the text should go like this:
"I'll make the motion.  (to your horse:) Stand here; make a good show
on't. (to yourself:) This shall end without the perdition of souls. (to
your girlfriend:) Marry me! I'll ride you as well as I ride my horse."

Tell us her reaction!
Markus Marti

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From:           Yvonne Bruce <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 Nov 1999 15:31:47 -0500
Subject:        Wedding Proposal Post

Mr. Benoit could do no better, in my opinion, than Florizel to Perdita
in The Winter's Tale:

                      When you speak, sweet,
I'd have you do it ever. When you sing,
I'd have you buy and sell so, so give alms,
Pray so; and, for the ordering your affairs,
To sing them too. When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that--move still, still so,
And own no other function. Each your doing,
So singular in each particular,
Crowns what you are doing in the present deeds,
That all your acts are queens (4.4.136-46).

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From:           Joe Conlon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Nov 1999 16:36:13 -0500
Subject: 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1870 Please Help with My Wedding Proposal

My daughter and her groom had me recite this one at their wedding
ceremony.

Joe Conlon,
Warsaw, IN

Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh no! It is an ever fix

 

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