Ahem... Anyway, Mary and Matthew have been in love for aaaages (in short: ten we-blissfully-look-just-as-gorgeous-as-the-day-we-met years). Their relationship started off in a most cringe-worthy way, but the love-hate relationship quickly turned to true love. It was all very romantic until Mary ruined everything, allowing Matthew to slip through her lacy fingers. We all watched this happen with unadulterated wine-induced fury as we ripped apart Dove Promises wrappers before inevitably scrolling down pages of cats up for adoption through veils of tears with the Dawson's Creek soundtrack blaring in the background. In the second season they both got engaged to other people, but once Matthew's fiancée conveniently died of Influenza, he was free to step right in and beat the shizz out of Mary's vile Richard. And then propose to her the next day! THIS IS A STORYBOOK ROMANCE!Matthew: Would you stay if I asked you to?
Mary: Matthew, you don't mean that.
OH YES HE DOES! LOOK UP AND SEE HOW HE'S LOOKING AT YOU!!!!!!!
Mary: You know yourself we carry more luggage than the porters at King's Cross. And what about the late Mr. Pamuk? Won't he resurrect himself every time we argued?
Screw Pamuk! Oh wait...
Mary: You mean you've forgiven me?
Matthew: No, I haven't forgiven you.
Er... *head scratch*
Mary: Well then-
*slapping your season one self*
Matthew: I haven't forgiven you because... I don't believe you need my forgiveness.
What?! What?! What?! Can it be?!?! *scoots to edge of seat*
Matthew: You've lived your life and I've lived mine. Now it's time we live them together.
PERFECT MAN IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And P.S. How refreshing is this after the controlling vile Richard?!
Mary: We've been on the edge of this so many times, Matthew. Please don't take me there again unless you're sure.
Will you please stop talking?!
Matthew: I am sure.
He is sure!
Mary: And your vows to the memory of Lavinia?
Who cares about Lavinia right now?!
Matthew: I was wrong. I... don't think she wants us to be sad. She was someone who never caused a moment's sorrow in her whole life.
Thanks, ghost Lavinia!
Mary: I agree.
Matthew: Then will you?
Mary: You must say it properly. I won't answer unless you kneel down and everything.
EEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! FICTIONAL CHARACTERS! THEY'RE JUST LIKE US!
Matthew: Lady Mary Crawley, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?
That kiss! Their utter relief that they've finally made it to this moment! The twirlage! I caaaaaaaaan't!!!!
|Are you kidding me?! YOU ARE BOTH SO PERFECT AND HAPPY AHHHH!!!!!|
Like I said, this proposal is entirely the fruit of extraordinary character development. It's amazing to see how far they come, but I love how they're still the same kiddos they were on day one at the same time. Mary's not so much changed that she's going to let Matthew get away with not getting down on one knee. And Matthew's not so much changed that he's not going to do exactly what she wants in that moment. HEARTS IN MY EYES!!!!!
On a scale of meh to ZOMG *GRABBY HANDS*, I give this proposal an emphatic, "MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE!" Flawless proposal is flawless. Imagine your life being so long intertwined with someone else's, but never being on the same page. To find that you are, at last, in sync? PASS THE SMELLING SALTS! I GET TO SPEND FOREVER WITH MATTHEW CRAWLEY AND HIS ICY BLUES!!!!!!!! I just watch this one and transform into a fit of squeals and hand clapping. Eeeeeeeeeeep!!!!!!! Love exists, y'all! YAY!
P.S. I just need to point out that when they broke off their engagement at the end of season one, this happened:
Mary: Would you have stayed if I had accepted you?
Matthew: Of course.
And then this happened during proposal #2:
Matthew: Would you stay if I asked you to?
Mary: Oh Matthew, you don't mean that.
Oh but he does! Anyway, I just love this symmetry! Love, love, looooove!