*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*
Referring to someone as the "bane of my existence" isn't a promising way to begin a relationship, yet it worked for our favorite Viscount (Jonathan Bailey).
In Bridgerton season 2, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and Anthony Bridgerton do not exactly see eye to eye, yet romance fans know incompatibility makes for the perfect enemies-to-lovers relationship—and a super-sexy slow burn.
Now that we've all binged the sophomore installment in its entirety, we've uncovered our new favorite scenes, stepped up our knowledge of Regency-era jargon (like "Why does Kate call Edwina 'bon'? and "What is a rake in Bridgerton?"), read up on the importance of Bridgerton season two's South Asian representation and of course, swooned over Anthony.
But what exactly is up with his whole "bane of my existence" pick-up line? Then it dawned on us: Is "You are the bane of my existence" the new "I burn for you"?!
The 'bane of my existence' explainer
Though Anthony wishes to wed a woman who does not cause him any trouble, he—naturally—falls for the woman who gives him a run for his money...though he was supposed to marry her "bon," (little sister) Edwina (Charithra Chandran).
Ultimately, Anthony cannot go through with his nuptials to Edwina, which irritates (yet deeply pleases) Kate. She attempts to pick up the broken pieces when he delivers this swoon-worthy line:
"You are the bane of my existence. And the object of all my desires."
Welp, so much for that, Edwina! You can read the full quote below—with some hilarious modern-day commentary.
It’s always “wyd” and never “I am a gentleman, my father raised me to act with honour, but that honour is hanging by a thread that grows more precarious with every moment I spend in your presence. You are the bane of my existence and the object of all my desires.” #bridgertonS2 pic.twitter.com/8XZmLnMpviMarch 28, 2022
Other swoon-worthy 'Bridgerton' lines
Here's a mix of our favorite quotes from the debut season and second season. Enjoy all of these great lines about affairs of the heart.
Despite what many believe, Daphne is the one who first uttered this unforgettable line, not the Duke!
Mama knows best, right? Right.
"Breathe for," "burn for,"—it seems like these lines are starting to sound very similar...
Simon will always hold a special place in our hearts, of course.
FYI, read all about the Bridgerton spinoff and get all the intel on the queen.
We'll leave you with that juicy commentary—it's pretty delightful.
Since we have a ways to go before the next installment of the beloved Netflix series, we recommend you familiarize your self with the original Bridgerton story: Julia Quinn's novels!
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