Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ode to Chocolate

While musing on the film "Our Mutual Friend" the other day, I recalled Bradley Headstone's rather tumultuous proposal of marriage to Lizzie Hexam. And I suddenly thought that his comments would be more appropriately directed to -- chocolate!

So consider these excerpts from Bradley Headstone's proposal as if they were directed toward a new object -- say, Ghirardelli or Lindt:

"You are the ruin of me! No you are, you are the ruin of me. I have no confidence in myself, I have no control over myself when you are near me or in my thoughts – and you are. You are always in my thoughts now. Since first I saw you… that was a wretched, miserable day! There! Now I seem to have reproached you.

I can restrain myself, I can restrain myself. *with great effort* There.

Now you know what I am going to say: I love you. What other men might mean when they use that expression I cannot tell. What I mean is that I am under the influence of some tremendous attraction that I have resisted in vain. You could draw me to fire; you could draw me to the gallows; You could draw me to any disgrace. This confusion in my thoughts is what I mean by your being the ruin of me! But if you were to look favorably on me, you could draw to me to any good-—every good-—with equal force!"

A little off the wall? Perhaps...


  1. That is great, Shannon! I have to admit chocoalte is a weakness! The way to a man's heart may be through his stomach, but the way to a woman's is chocolate!

    By His Grace,
    Jane Ellen

  2. Shannon, that's too funny!

    Rather frightening, too. I could easily picture myself making such a speech. Cadbury's is the brand that has a hold on me.

  3. How funny Shannon! And true too. I have a pasion for dark chocolate but hopefully I'm not that bad off.

  4. HAAA-ha-ha! Dear, oh dear! I'll pity the Schoolmaster more deeply from now on, now that I'm able to "put myself in his shoes". ;)
    Your post is timely. I've been have quite a time wrestling with my chocolate-craving self lately. Perhaps I'll be satisfied with the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting we're having tonight in honor of my sister's 14th birthday...

  5. A little off the wall? For the true chocolate lover...never! *smiles*

  6. Hehe! It's great! If it were possible to feel bad for Mr. Headston, I would after that. However, I'm afraid my emotions are too against him to be changed now.

    Tiffany *going off to see if she can find a bit of chocolate somewhere in the school*

    btw, if my demitasse set goes missing, I know where you live. *evil grin*

  7. Oh my, that was *exactly* what I needed to read today! Thank you for a wonderful laugh!!

  8. Dear Shannon,
    I greatly enjoy your blog and your sense of humor. Thankfully chocolate isn't my favorite.
    I have decided to tag you for six random things about yourself
    The rules are on my blog. Thanks.

    ~ Bethany Franco

  9. Ah, so so true! Chocolate is my vice! But...it's not my fault, my Dad worked for Cadburys for 20 years til he retired, so he brought home chocolate every weekend, he he! It's an inherited vice!

  10. Apparently I'm not the only chocaholic in existence! ;-)

    Rachel, I can't imagine having access to so much Cadbury! Yummm....

    Janna, that chocolate cake sounds absolutely decadent!

    Bethany, I just did that tag, so I'll refrain from doing it again, but thank you very much for tagging me! :-)

    Yours in Christ,

  11. My Goodness! That is veeeery funny!! Although Bradley Headstone is really weird, I think he's one of Dicken's best villains.

    I can't remember if I've ever commented on your blog before, but I've been reading it for a while.

    God Bless!


  12. Couldn't they have worded it better?
    It is so very applicable to chocolate...! I too like chocolate. However, my sister is even more keen on chocolate than me.



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