I was going to post this in the waffles thread which had taken a turn towards the Sound of Music, but this is just a summary of a courtship story of sorts, so I thought I'd put it here. It is one of the things that made me think quite kindly of arranged marriages!
Maria, a young novice accustomed to hiking in the alps, who has constant headaches and to whom the doctor has recommended a more gradual adjustment to the relatively sedentary convent life, is sent to spend the winter tutoring a sick child of Baron von Trapp. She is very sad, because she was looking forward to making her vows (and it is recognized that her vocation is genuine), but obeys. She is very successful at teaching little Maria and manages to introduce a few healthy amusements such as volleyball and folk carols to all the children, with their father's complete approval. When the princess, the baron's fiancee, arrives for a visit, she remarks to Maria that the Captain is in love with her (but don't worry, he'll get over it), naturally making her very self-conscious! Maria is also shocked to find that the princess intends to send all the children away to school after the wedding, "But what do you marry for, if you send the children away?"
Later, when the captain is away visiting the princess to ask her to set the date for the wedding, Maria adds to one of the daily progress reports he asked for, "are you engaged yet" and he writes back, "I would like to see your eyes when you find out I am" Her answer, by registered post without salutation or signature, "My eyes are none of your business. I thought you were a gentleman and kept your word. I am sorry, I was mistaken." On reading this, the Baron knows he is in love and breaks off his engagement with the princess. He goes back home, but Maria is joyfully preparing to return to the convent. One day while she is washing a chandelier (a very absorbing task) the children run out and say, "Father thinks you don't like him at all!" "Well, of course I like him."
The captain comes out of his office and says, "That was really nice of you"
Maria (thinking of her telegram) "What was so nice of me"
Baron: Didn't you tell the children that you loved me and would marry me?
Baron: They told me they had decided that the only way to keep you with us would be for me to marry you. I said I would love to, but I didn't think you liked me. They came back and said you did.
Maria: But you know I am going to be a nun, and one cannot be a nun and get married at the same time. (did I mention the baron was a recent convert? But he probably knew this all the same).
Baron: Is this absolutely your last word?
Maria: (not wanting to hurt his feelings) Well, you know, I have a mistress of novices. Whatever she says I'd consider to come from God. Let me ask her.
Mistress of Novices (after explanations and a long absence): Mother superior expects you in her parlor.
Maria trips off lightheartedly to the parlor.
Mother Superior: Maria, we have called a chapter, we have prayed to the Holy Ghost, we have discussed the case, and we have decided God wants you to marry the captain and be a good mother to his children.
Maria sees, through her tears, the Abbess' ring engraved with the words, "God's will hath no why".
She returns to the house where the Baron is anxiously waiting.
Maria: They s-said I h-h-have to m-m-marry you!
The baron opens his arms, and ("what else could I do") she walks into them.
They were married after a retreat for her at the convent and for the rest of her life, they followed God's will together, and Maria taught her new family many beautiful traditions you have to read in her words to appreciate.