The Charlotte Brontë Friendzone, a Horst Retrospective, and Rodents Eating Burritos

Charlotte Brontë

How do you turn down a marriage proposal without completely crushing someone’s feelings or, more importantly, giving up your OG-badass status? If you’re Charlotte Brontë, you say thanks but no thanks, then list a few reasons why you’d make a terrible wife for the poor sap.

One of the entries in the awesome-seeming book Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair, this letter is “a masterwork of the it’s-not-you-it’s-me model.” It gets straight to the point — “my answer to your proposal must be a decided negative” — and simultaneously flatters the writer as someone whose character is “marked, ardent, and original.” (Unlike that of the girl to whom the rejected party should actually get hitched.) Forget breaking up via text or #TransformationTuesday — this is the way. (Brain Pickings)

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