History Main / HonorableMarriageProposal

28th Apr '16 2:20:53 PM Seanette
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* Gender-Inverted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''; [[spoiler: Cira, who has been rescuing Jerin from kidnappers]] reassures Jerin that she is willing to marry him to protect his reputation. He doesn't believe her, as she would never be able to pay the brother's price for him all by herself. (Monogamy is unheard of in the setting, sisters share a husband.)

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* Gender-Inverted in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''; [[spoiler: Cira, who has been rescuing Jerin from kidnappers]] reassures Jerin that she is willing to marry him to protect his reputation. He doesn't believe her, as she would never be able to pay the brother's price for him all by herself. (Monogamy is unheard of in the setting, sisters share a husband.)) [[spoiler:Since she's the missing Princess Halley, she's already one of his wives, so it's not a ''real'' issue, but he doesn't know that.]]
4th Apr '16 9:26:52 PM Eievie
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** Joseph almost gave her an honorable ''divorce" proposal. Under Jewish law, he had two choices when he found Mary was pregnant- publicly divorce her and have her stoned (which was the penalty for adultery), or quietly give her a certificate of divorce and send her on her way (which would still leave her an unwed mother with a bad reputation, but was the more merciful of the two options). Before he could do this, an angel came and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife- that she had not been unfaithful. She had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. To outsiders, this was probably viewed as an HonorableMarriageProposal, because the real reason was understandably difficult to understand at best and thought as bunk at worst.

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** Joseph almost gave her an honorable ''divorce" divorce proposal. Under Jewish law, he had two choices when he found Mary was pregnant- publicly pregnant--publicly divorce her and have her stoned (which was the penalty for adultery), or quietly give her a certificate of divorce and send her on her way (which would still leave her an unwed mother with a bad reputation, but was the more merciful of the two options). Before he could do this, an angel came and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife- that wife--that she had not been unfaithful. She unfaithful: she had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. To outsiders, this was probably viewed as an HonorableMarriageProposal, because the real reason was understandably difficult to understand at best and thought as bunk at worst.
4th Apr '16 12:04:48 PM jayoungr
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* In ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory,'' Mike Connor offers to marry Tracy after their drunken antics of the previous night cause her fiance to dump her on the morning of her wedding.
9th Feb '16 3:34:26 PM roxana
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* In "Film/SailorOfTheKing" Richard Saville offers one of these to Lucinda and is firmly turned down.
5th Jan '16 7:03:11 AM jayoungr
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* In ''Literature:ASongOfIceAndFire'' Robb Stark marries Jeyne Westerling after sleeping with her, putting her honor ([[DefiledForever of a girl deflowered before marriage]]) above his own ([[ArrangedMarriage he promised to marry another]]). It's clearly also HonorBeforeReason and Robb pays for it with [[spoiler:being murdered by the family whose daughter he'd promised to wed]].

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* In ''Literature:ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire,'' Robb Stark marries Jeyne Westerling after sleeping with her, putting her honor ([[DefiledForever of a girl deflowered before marriage]]) above his own ([[ArrangedMarriage he promised to marry another]]). It's clearly also HonorBeforeReason and Robb pays for it with [[spoiler:being murdered by the family whose daughter he'd promised to wed]].
5th Jan '16 7:02:10 AM jayoungr
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* Happens twice in ''Devil's Cub'' by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer. First Vidal insists he must marry Mary to make up for compromising her reputation by taking her to France with him. Then Mr. Comyn, who happens to meet them in France, offers her a way out of that dilemma by offering to marry her himself.

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* Creator/GeorgetteHeyer uses the trope a few times:
** Discussed in ''Charity Girl.'' Cherry's father says that Desford should offer to marry Cherry to save her reputation after he took her to London. Everyone who hears the idea laughs it off, as Desford went to great lengths to make sure Cherry's reputation was ''not'' damaged.
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Happens twice in ''Devil's Cub'' by Creator/GeorgetteHeyer. Cub.'' First Vidal insists he must marry Mary to make up for compromising her reputation by taking her to France with him. Then Mr. Comyn, who happens to meet them in France, offers her a way out of that dilemma by offering to marry her himself.
8th Sep '15 12:09:36 PM Tianzi
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* In ''Literature:ASongOfIceAndFire'' Robb Stark marries Jeyne Westerling after sleeping with her, putting her honor ([[DefiledForever of a girl deflowered before marriage]]) above his own ([[ArrangedMarriage he promised to marry another]]). It's clearly also HonorBeforeReason and Robb pays for it with [[spoiler:being murdered by the family whose daughter he'd promised to wed]].
24th Jul '15 2:06:10 PM CastingCrowns
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** Joseph almost gave her an honorable ''divorce" proposal. Under Jewish law, he had two choices when he found Mary was pregnant- publicly divorce her and have her stoned (which was the penalty for adultery), or quietly give her a certificate of divorce and send her on her way (which would still leave her an unwed mother with a bad reputation, but was the more merciful of the two options). Before he could do this, an angel came and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife- that she had not been unfaithful. She had become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. To outsiders, this was probably viewed as an HonorableMarriageProposal, because the real reason was understandably difficult to understand at best and thought as bunk at worst.
7th Jul '15 7:24:45 PM jayoungr
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This trope is a particular favorite with writers of historical [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], especially [[RegencyEngland Regency romances]]. In Western works, it rarely appears in anything set later than TheFifties, as the social upheavals of TheSixties largely [[ForgottenTrope did away with the set of expectations that made it work.]] It may still apply in other parts of the world, however, or in fictional societies.

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This trope is a particular favorite with writers of historical [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], especially [[RegencyEngland Regency romances]].romances]], and may lead to MarriageBeforeRomance. In Western works, it rarely appears in anything set later than TheFifties, as the social upheavals of TheSixties largely [[ForgottenTrope did away with the set of expectations that made it work.]] It may still apply in other parts of the world, however, or in fictional societies.




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* Invoked (as a joke) in ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral.'' The morning after Charles and Carrie sleep together, Carrie asks Charles when he's planning on announcing their engagement: "I assumed since we slept together, we'd be getting married."
26th Jun '15 11:03:20 PM jayoungr
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This trope is a particular favorite with writers of historical [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], especially [[RegencyEngland Regency romances]]. In Western works, it rarely appears in anything set later than TheFifties, as the social upheavals of TheSixties largely did away with the set of expectations that made it work. It may still apply in other parts of the world, however, or in fictional societies.

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This trope is a particular favorite with writers of historical [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], especially [[RegencyEngland Regency romances]]. In Western works, it rarely appears in anything set later than TheFifties, as the social upheavals of TheSixties largely [[ForgottenTrope did away with the set of expectations that made it work. work.]] It may still apply in other parts of the world, however, or in fictional societies.
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