I was watching Pride and Prejudice again today, and I’m watching the last few seconds where Lizzie and Darcy are discussing nicknames and their appropriate time to be used, and it just warmed my heart. Like, these two people, who are honestly just shit at talking about their feelings are creating this secret language between one another- a way to say, “Hello I am very happy now even if my face is doing the thing it does” or “I am kinda irritated right now please try again later” without having to say it.
Lizzie takes the time, even if she presents it as a joke, to give her socially awkward husband a way to express himself in a way that would never publicly call attention to it. He can keep his comfort level and it’s a little secret between them.
I like to think, years later, their children have it all figured out. Lizzie’s out with their kids one day and they hear, “Lizzie, my dear, can I borrow you a moment?” and just know mom is in trouuuuble. But she shoots them a wink and maybe rolls her eyes. It’s not the first or last time they’ve heard that.