Since he’s already been turned down by his one meal ticket in a previous episode, he tries to secure his future financial status by proposing to Eleanor.
Her response is less than ideal, in his eyes.
Slope then has a hissy fit and even tells her, and I quote, she’s “cruel” for not hearing him out. I would argue that she’s actually being pretty nice in trying to shut it down before he completely embarrasses himself with a proposal she’s not interested in, but the mind of Obadiah Slope doesn’t work that way.
When she still proves resistant, he then chases her around the garden while he continues to propose. I am not making that up.
Eleanor finally realizes that Emily Post never talked about how to turn down such a proposal, so she slaps the living shit out of him.
Slope seems to accept the implications of her action, though he remains bewildered about what induced her reaction.
Next page: Eleanor’s second awkward party moment.