Netflix’s Bridgerton just dropped season 2 and while it has markedly fewer steamy moments, it replaced rampant sex scenes with tension and longing in its most beautiful form: a Regency-era duo who cannot be together but long to, and the result was a slew of the most romantic moments in the second season.
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Season 1 had dialogue that fans repeated over and over again. Even Regé-Jean Page recreated the most iconic moments as one of the best SNL hosts of 2021, making audiences everywhere swoon. Season 2, while different, has had its fair share of swoon-worthy quotes, as well.
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“Are the ladies of London so easily won by a pleasing smile and nothing more?”
Anthony: “So you find my smile pleasing?”
Enemies to lovers is one of the most well-loved romance tropes, and Kate and Anthony fit that bill perfectly. Romance novel veterans know that the first inkling of the fiery hatred turning to love between two characters is when an accidental compliment is thrown into an insult.
In this line, Kate is trying to imply that Anthony doesn’t have very much to offer in terms of a romantic partner. However, Anthony catches that she let slip the fact that she thinks he had a nice smile, and he brings it up in a cheeky rebuttal. The fact that their romance eventually followed was definitely not a season 2 surprise.
“Edmund was the air that I breathed–and now there is no air.”
There’s something overwhelmingly heartbreaking about losing a soulmate too soon, which is exactly what happened to the Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton when her husband was killed by a bee sting–although it was changed a bit from the books in execution.
The romance of not being able to breathe without your partner supplying the air is crushingly beautiful. It is clear that the Bridgerton parents were very much so in love, and they make the passion and romance of their marriage come through in the way that Violet speaks about her late husband.
“Poetry is the art of revealing precious truth with words.”
Benedict is the artist of the group and therefore prone to romanticizing the arts–painting, music, and poetry. While Anthony may show love with Acts of Service and Daphne treasures quality time with her family, Benedict shows appreciation for Words of Affirmation as his Love Language and defends the art of poetry for this reason.
Benedict has a strong passion for the arts, which is something that will be the focus of season 3 if the show follows the book series. The audience has yet to see Benedict use his love of poetry to court anyone, but they are hopeful that he will get his chance at love in the next season.
“Then perhaps you might find your rest, Your Majesty, before you both rule this kingdom with the kind of love, compassion, and kindness the two of you undoubtedly share.”
Edwina was named the Diamond of society, but her love story wasn’t the focus of the season. Instead, Kate and Anthony’s charged connection got in the way of Edwina’s Happily Ever After. Nonetheless, Edwina proved that she could weave a beautiful tapestry of words as well as the next Bridgerton character–especially when it came to her ideas about love.
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Edwina wanted a marriage that was built on love, and Anthony couldn’t provide her with one. But, when she saw what was happening between the King and Queen, she proved her diamond-like pureness and shared beautiful sentiments about their love in order to calm the confused monarch. Her words obviously touched the Queen, who was in tears as Edwina spoke.
“You are the bane of my existence–and the object of all of my desires. Night and day I dream of you.”
A quote that is quickly turning into this season’s “I burn for you,” is “you are the bane of my existence–and the object of all of my desires.” It is short and powerful, just like its predecessor, and communicates just how much Anthony’s feelings for Kate affect his ability to live his day-to-day life.
It’s one of Anthony’s best quotes of season 2 of Bridgerton because of its completely iconic nature and swoon-worthy intensity. A perfect slow-burn romance needs these moments of emotional vulnerability at the climax of the story to truly display the passion that the two lovers have for each other.
“I did not ask for this–to be plagued by these feelings.”
Kate matches Anthony’s intensity in every scene, which is why they are the best couple of Bridgerton season 2. As strongly as he starts to push for them to be together, Kate pushes him away–even though it’s the last thing she wants to do.
This phrasing is also a perfect choice for Kate; she didn’t want romance in her life. She didn’t want to get married or fall in love, ever. However, she could no longer deny her feelings for Anthony because they took over her entire being like a virus. Anthony came into her life and turned everything upside-down.
“You cannot show someone your best without allowing them to see your worst. Speaking of which, she would adore those.”
Anthony had a wonderful example of a healthy relationship in the form of his parents. Edmund knew that the true way to become close to someone is to be completely vulnerable with them. The day of his death, Edmund shared this very heartwarming advice with his eldest son.
Although he didn’t immediately follow Edmund’s guidance, Anthony eventually let his words of wisdom sink in and was not only vulnerable with Kate, but also his mother, who was equally traumatized by Edmund’s death.
“I love you. I have loved you from the moment we raced in that park. I have loved you at every dance, on every walk, and every time we’ve been together. You must feel it in your heart, because I do.”
Anthony made a lot of progress from the beginning of the season to the end in terms of emotional intelligence. He seldom let others in, and instead buried away his deepest feelings until they boiled over. But, with his growing attraction to Kate, he learned to better communicate how he was feeling.
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Anthony had delivered some of the most scathing insults this season during the enemies to lovers plotline, but he’s also delivered some of the most sentimental and passion-driven lines as well. He had never experienced love and didn’t want love to be a factor in his marriage, but Kate changed his mind before he even realized it.
“The one that makes it impossible for you to look away from them at any given moment. When your body and soul feel as if they could burst into flames whenever the two of you are near.”
Daphne has a lot of experience giving romantic speeches as well as swooning to them. After all, the lines between Daphne and Simon are some of the most memorable quotes from season 1 of Bridgerton. Fans have the Daphne and Simon scenes of the first season burned into their brains.
She does a beautiful job of describing the way that she and Simon were drawn to each other and how a marriage should involve a magnetic attraction between the two parties. She was fortunate to be paired with someone she truly fell for, and she wants the same for her brother.
“I know I am imperfect, but I will humble myself before you because I cannot imagine my life without you, and that is why I wish to marry you.”
Previous marriage engagements on the show have been forced, either from being caught in inappropriate situations or feelings of obligation. At this point, fans had yet to see a marriage proposal brought about by pure love and passion uninfluenced by the word of society.
But, when Anthony finally made his second proposal of the season, he spoke with words of true love and affection for Kate, putting himself in the most vulnerable position he could in order to show her just how much she means to him.
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