We still can’t stop thinking about Bridgerton! Now you know why we love this show so much. We know this family has its own obsession with the alphabet, but guess what? Us too! So we decided to do an ABC about Simon and Daphne. This is how we love them.
Here we go!
Daphne and Simon have many things to apologize to each other for. Simon for deliberately letting Daphne believe that she couldn’t have children and her for that scene we already talked about and which we will talk about again in a roundtable next week. Both of them were wrong at some point in history and both owe each other that apology that can make them forgive, forget and move on. That can make them meet halfway.
Even the single word hurts. The breakup between the two of them was heartbreaking. It broke our hearts into a thousand pieces. They were married, living in the same house but between them was an ocean of distance and that was killing them because the longing for their love was so strong that they were going crazy. But the breakup, what they did to each other, what they said to each other, the unspoken words … it all seemed too insurmountable an obstacle … but the love they professed overcame it.
Children. This word causes Simon and Daphne terrible pain and longing. She wants them badly and he … swore he would never have them. But when Simon overcomes fear, when he learns to forget, at that moment he lets himself be happy and a son with the love of his life is the best thing that could happen to him. It’s everything he could dream of. He wants a family with Daphne, he wants everything with her. And she with him.
The duchy brings great trouble to these two. Simon swears to that monster he calls father that the title will die with him and that causes … thousands of problems with Daphne. The duchy symbolizes a cruel, despicable and despotic father, it symbolizes everything that Simon tried to be, everything that he vowed to forget but still hurts, still bleeds. It symbolizes everything he hates. It symbolizes the past. A past that is still very present in Simon’s daily life and in his decisions.
This moment seems to me the most special of the season. I could choose thousands more including all of their hot scenes but this scene has something … it has it all. It is the first moment in which, without speaking, both declare to each other what they feel, that longing to love each other and to be able to have each other.
But they get closer, they touch, they caress each other, they promise each other a thousand things that both know they cannot fulfill. It is the first moment in which they allow themselves to be carried away by the prohibited. It is just a touch, a light touch but one that connects them at an intimate level in an intense way, almost as if it were inevitable, almost as if it were destiny.
Violet advised Daphne to marry her best friend. And that’s exactly what she and Simon did. With Daphne, Simon can talk about anything without fear of being judged or hurt, he can trust her with everything he has, including his heart, putting it in her hands. It is so easy to talk to her … she is smart, funny, suspicious, sweet and at the same time sour, defends her ideas with passion and is true to herself, she drives him crazy and loves that about her. And for Daphne, Simon is the only person she could really be with, moving away from perfection and the facade that society imposes on her. With Simon, she feels free, she feels like she is flying.
The garden will always be iconic for this couple. It is the place where they had their first kiss. The first time they let themselves be carried away by what they really felt, forgetting about society, about formalities of everything that told them that their love was not convenient and they kissed with passion, devouring each other, in that garden in the dark and full of shadows, hiding from everyone in their own shelter, in the only place where they could feel freely.
This little girl conquered Simon – and us – with her sweet and innocent voice and made Daphne see a very different side of Simon: his father face. She saw his eyes light up with his smile every time Hyacinth spoke to her, how tender and attentive he was to her and Daphne couldn’t help but think that this would be the case with their own children. Daphne already knew that Simon would make a wonderful father but seeing him with her sister only made her see how true she was.
This whole story started as a hoax, an illusion … but Simon and Daphne ended up falling for their own game and falling hopelessly in love. Spending time together led them to get to know each other, and the more they got to know each other, their love deepened … although the two tried to resist it for various reasons, love has ways of coming out.
Jealousy is a constant in this couple’s relationship. Especially from Simon. My partner in Fangirlish, Julie, made me realize that when Simon sees Daphne dancing with someone else, his stutter comes back because he can’t control everything he feels in that moment.
And is that every time he sees a man (especially that prince who was close to snatching her) approach Daphne he feels like going and kill him for daring to touch her and make it clear to everyone that she is his and he is hers. But, at the same time, he feels that he has no right to do so.
The kisses in this couple are ardent, sensual, hot, incredible, full of love, longing, pain, anguish, passion, possession … they are a clash of wills, of tongues trying to dominate the other. Each one of them is special and tells a story, their story, what they are feeling in that moment … just turn it all into that kiss and let the mouths speak silently, without words.
What would this story be without our Lady? She and her gossip were the reason Simon and Daphne got together in the first place. We will always be grateful to her for that, but, in addition, her incessant taunts and inquiries made them take their supposed commitment too seriously and they let themselves be carried away by what they felt. So, from here, we thank Lady Whistledown for her services.
He was a pretty big part of the relationship between Simon and Daphne. He was always in the background but it was him on whom Simon leaned and to whom he told everything. In addition, Mondrich was in charge of kicking Simon’s ass – literally and figuratively – when he needed it and we applauded him for it because, there are times, our baby needed a good kick in the ass to wake him up.
Daphne is very naive when she meets Simon on many levels. With him she discovered love, passion, but also disappointment, deception, and tasted the taste of a broken heart. However, all that made her grow, made her find herself and leave behind that facade of perfection that she was always taught to show. It made her feel alive. Love does that for you.
Simon, for his part, is also innocent, albeit in a different way than Daphne. With her he experiences love for the first time, which means wanting to die and kill for that person, the meaning of sacrifice and true passion, of true connection, learn what it is like for another person to love everything about you and, above all, he learned what it means to live because before her … he didn’t.
Daphne has a huge family but Simon is the other side of the coin. He has a father, but since he can’t be called that, he doesn’t really have one. For all intents and purposes, he is an orphan. The only one who was there for him is Lady Danbury (whom we love and wish her the best because she’s an angel) but the lack of a true father and mother left an indelible mark on Simon, which marked not only his past, but also his future.
The past plays a very important role in both Daphne and Simon. For Daphne, growing up in a large and loving family marked her and made her want the same for her life and, as for Simon, growing up with the disappearance and contempt of his father and without his mother made him hate everything that his father represented but, at the same time, believe what his father told him. That lack of love from someone so important made him despise himself and not consider himself enough for anyone or anything. Our baby…
The great and powerful queen. Daphne and Simon had to give a lot of explanations for wanting to get married so quickly, especially after she rejected the queen’s nephew, the prince. The queen put them to the test but it was the first time we heard Simon verbalize how much he really felt for Daphne and it was so beautiful it hurts. He moved us to tears. We have those words burned into our minds.
What is more romantic than a kiss from a loving couple in the rain? Nothing. Daphne had gone out of her way to live up to the expectations of her first party as a duchess, but the rain sent everything to hell. And she couldn’t help but laugh out loud because everything was perfect in its imperfection.
She loved her husband, he burned for her in the same way, she had a family that loved her and a whole life ahead of her to be happy. Nothing else mattered. Not society, not appearances … nothing. As we have said, everything is perfect in its imperfection. That’s why she and Simon looked at each other, laughing together as in their first encounters, recognizing each other … and meeting again.
Ohhh yeah. Sex. These two have a lot of that – and we’re delighted to see it. We have to admit that they wanted each other since they saw each other for the first time and getting married only made it possible. Very possible. The castle of our duke can give a good account of this. But the best are reconciliations, don’t you agree? After a fight, a distance, the passion burns more than ever. Red Hot.
Male pride is worth studying. These men who are willing to let themselves be killed for defending something as stupid as a supposedly tainted honor (and nothing is further from the truth). Simon was willing to let Anthony kill him just to avoid marrying Daphne for a wrong idea and Anthony was about to kill his best friend for another stupid idea. Like we said, men (rolling eyes here). We applauded Daphne when she stepped between the two of them.
Simon despises himself. He sees himself as a dark being. And Daphne is so pure, so bright, so luminous … almost like a goddess. That is why he resisted so much at first what he was beginning to feel for her, to love her because he doesn’t think he deserved to even touch, much less defile, so much light, so much purity … with all his darkness. He did not feel worthy of her love or of the light so bright she gaves off. When you’ve lived in the dark for so long … the light dazzles you.
Violet … the mother we all wish we had. She always advised Daphne about her relationship with Simon because she knew what was going on. A mother knows. But she also screwed up by not speaking too clearly to her daughter about what happens with children … and that caused a thousand problems. And then she solved it by encouraging Daphne to be happy with the man she loved. Admittedly, if it weren’t for Violet, surely Simon and Daphne wouldn’t be together.
Wedding. What to say. It was beautiful, it was magnificent, it was … perfect. Simon reluctantly married because he loved Daphne but did not want to condemn her to live with him and she married in love with him but thinking that Simon did not feel more for her than an obligation. But the wedding was so they. There they let themselves be carried away and they did not think, they only felt. And then … they just wanted to get closer, love each other … but they didn’t dare. They were married and it seemed too pretty to be true, a dream … almost unattainable but still within reach. And we love it.
This year we had the best Christmas present with Bridgerton! All the fans of the books have been waiting for this show for a long time and those of us who haven’t read them, we couldn’t wait to fall in love with the show. The story of Daphne and Simon was our gift. Seeing them meet, fall in love, overcome their past, forgive themselves, find themselves and form a bond so unbreakable that nothing, not even them, could break was as magical as only this time can be.
Simon and Daphne belong together. It’s that easy. There is no better way to explain how they feel about each other. Simon is part of Daphne’s life, he is part of her, of her heart, of her soul, he is … in her and Simon feels the same with Daphne. No one expected it, no one wanted it, for many reasons it was not something convenient but love doesn’t understand those things and when they met, something simply clicked in their hearts … and there was no going back.
Daphne is the perfect example of the spirit of her time, of the zeitgeist of that time. She wants exactly what she was raised for: a marriage and a big family. And she sees nothing wrong with it but, at the same time, she is aware of the lack of means and the inequalities of women and fights against it in her own way.
Simon not only accepts it and loves her for it but also admires her. In fact, Simon hates the facade Daphne maintains towards society. He loves the Daphne who laughs out loud at a joke of his, the Daphne who doesn’t hide her ideas, her feelings, or her passion, the Daphne who is capable of leaving him speechless, of loving him unconditionally, that is capable of to make him laugh, the Daphne who masturbates thinking about him just because he asks her to.
That’s the Daphne who drives him crazy and who he loves more than his own life.