"I have loved you since the moment I clamped eyes on you." What makes it worse is you know it's true! Laurie, her equal in wit and spirit, has done everything in his power to demonstrate the love he has for her and her family from the very first. The most gut wrenching part of this proposal is that singular move away from her; the realization that they are not on the same page. The thought of her belonging to someone else disgusts him and her declaration that she'll never marry stings him because he knows, even better than she does, that it isn't true. Have a heart, Louisa May Alcott, what did poor Laurie ever do to you?! What did I ever do to you? If I had a time machine, I would go back and make you rewrite this scene. Why did you do this? Why? WHY?!?!?! I will never get over this one! Why did you have to go and dangle it in front of me if it could never be? Just plain cruel. "And I'll be hanged if I stand by and watch." *INFINITE SOBS* Sidenote: and years later, when Laurie marries Jo's
You know, earlier in the movie, Jo remarks that she isn't the swooning type. This. explains. so. much. I only wish that that remark had mentally prepared me for a lifetime's creyes for eyes over this refusal. So what's the emotional forecast while watching this unfold? In the eye region, anticipate blinding tears. Directly back to the brain, you might fantasize about lunging at Jo's throat. Down towards the mouth, most likely "nos" followed by drunken hiccups. And finally, in the chest area there'll be prickly sensations that you are being stabbed repeatedly in the heart with a poisoned dagger (because you are).
So, in typical fashion de moi, I will conclude with a pro/con list on why I would or wouldn't have accepted this proposal. Pros: It's Christian Bale, I mean Laurie, and he's so charming and educated and handsome! And he plays piano! And he loves me! And I'll win every argument! One big happy family! Set for life! London! Cons: I might literally DIE of happiness. And... maybe he wears mismatched socks? To summarize, pros + cons = OF COURSE I'LL MARRY YOU, LAURIE! I LOVE YOU! LET'S KISS SOME MORE!
P.S. What would you have done? And what are your favorite proposals gone wrong?