Mrs. Miniver (1942)
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Toby Demands A Proposal
This is one of my favorite scenes from
MRS. MINIVER. In
it, the Miniver family is sitting around the dinner table: Clem (Walter
Pidgeon) and Kay (Greer
Garson) Miniver, Toby (Christopher Severn) and Judy (Clare Sandars) (the young children), and Vin (Richard Ney) who is home on leave from the
Royal Air Force having just earned his wings and a week's leave on the
strength of his 85% test score. Joining them is Carol Beldon (Teresa
Wright) in whom Vin has more than a passing romantic interest.
Mrs. Miniver: Yes, darling.
Toby: Is Vin going to marry Carol?
Mrs. Miniver: (glancing uncomfortably about
the table) Now Toby, just finish your dumpling, darling.
Toby: I only said is Vin going to marry Carol...
Clem: (warningly) Toby...
Mrs. Miniver: Isn't it nice having Vin at home,
sweet, and staying down here with us?
Toby: Yes. (to Vin) Are you going to
marry Carol, Vin?
Vin: Well, since you bring it up, Toby... (whispering)
I haven't had the nerve to ask her.
Toby: Why not? You're brave, aren't you?
Judy: Don't be so silly, Toby. Gentlemen don't
propose when they're eating.
Toby: Why not?
Judy: Well, it's not romantic.
Clem: (laughing)... Of course it isn't....
Carol: Why don't you ask me if I'm going to
Toby: Are you?
Carol: If he asks me...
Toby: Ha!... He's afraid!
Vin: Why say! I'm not going to stand for that....