"Strength of character had never been Reggy Wylie's strong point and he who would woo and win Gerty MacDowell must be a man among men. But waiting, always waiting to be asked" (U13.206)
"and it was leap year too and would soon be over." (U13.208)

Leap Year is the traditional time when women can propose marriage (or ask a man out on a date). It is believed the tradition started in 5c. Ireland by St Bridget, with the approval of St Patrick, because women often waited so long for a man to propose. It is said (but disputed), that Queen Margaret of Scotland passed a law in 1288 that imposed a fine on any man declining such a proposal. The fine ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown. Because men felt thus put at great risk, the tradition was in some places restricted to female proposals on the specific date of February 29.
"No prince charming is her beau ideal to lay a rare and wondrous love at her feet" (13.209)
"but rather a manly man with a strong quiet face who had not found his ideal, perhaps his hair slightly flecked with grey, and who would understand," (U13.210)
"take her in his sheltering arms, strain her to him in all the strength of his deep passionate nature and comfort her with a long long kiss. It would be like heaven." (U13.212)
"For such a one she yearns this balmy summer eve. With all the heart of her she longs to be his only, his affianced bride for riches for poor, in sickness in health, till death us two part, from this to this day forward." (U13.214)
"And while Edy Boardman was with little Tommy behind the pushcar she was just thinking would the day ever come when she could call herself his little wife to be. Then they could talk about her till they went blue in the face, Bertha Supple too, and Edy, little spitfire, because she would be twentytwo in November." (U13.218)
"She would care for him with creature comforts too for Gerty was womanly wise and knew that a mere man liked that feeling of hominess. Her griddlecakes done to a goldenbrown hue and queen Ann's pudding of delightful creaminess had won golden opinions from all because she had a lucky hand also for lighting a fire," (U13.222)
"dredge in the fine selfraising flour and always stir in the same direction then cream the milk and sugar and whisk well the white of eggs though she didn't like the eating part when there were any people that made her shy" (U13.226)
"and often she wondered why you couldn't eat something poetical like violets or roses and they would have a beautifully appointed drawingroom with pictures and engravings and the photograph of grandpapa Giltrap's lovely dog Garryowen that almost talked, it was so human, and chintz covers for the chairs and that silver toastrack in Clery's summer jumble sales like they have in rich houses." (U13.229)
"He would be tall with broad shoulders (she had always admired tall men for a husband) with glistening white teeth under his carefully trimmed sweeping moustache" (U13.235)
"and they would go on the continent for their honeymoon (three wonderful weeks!)" (U13.237)
"and then, when they settled down in a nice snug and cosy little homely house, every morning they would both have brekky, simple but perfectly served, for their own two selves" (U13.238)

(Image from 'The Lamplighter' courtesy of Ross Chambers)
"and before he went out to business he would give his dear little wifey a good hearty hug and gaze for a moment deep down into her eyes." (U13.241)
"Edy Boardman asked Tommy Caffrey was he done and he said yes, so then she buttoned up his little knickerbockers for him and told him to run off and play with Jacky and to be good now and not to fight. " (U13.243)
"But Tommy said he wanted the ball and Edy told him no that baby was playing with the ball and if he took it there'd be wigs on the green but Tommy said it was his ball and he wanted his ball and he pranced on the ground, if you please." (U13.245)
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