“Alexander Pope declares his love to Lady Mary, who responds with laughter”
If you’ve never heard of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), I highly recommend you check out her Wikipedia page (as a start). She was the wife of the British ambassador to Turkey and wrote about her travels in her letters. A highly intelligent, well-educated and charming woman, she is lauded both for being one of the first to make an earnest attempt to gain a better understanding of Turkish customs and culture, as well as challenging 18th century attitudes towards women. Even when she was married, she was also wooed by various men, among them Alexander Pope, who took her rejection of him so badly that he slandered her name in one of his works.