Believe me, my dear Miss Elizabeth, that your modesty, so far from doing you any disservice, rather adds to your other perfections. You would have been less amiable in my eyes had there not been this little unwillingness.

– Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 19. Mr. Collins is about to enter the record books for making the worst marriage proposal in English literature. But Elizabeth attempts to leave the room before he begins, as because she clearly has no desire to hear him out. In an excellent example of dramatic irony, Mr. Collins mistakingly attributes her "little unwillingness" to her "modesty" and says this makes her even more "amiable" to him. Mr. Collins misreads the situation because of his vanity.