In Sling Blade (1996), right after their chit chat in dark forest, Frank and Karl return to home. Frank and Karl find Doyle speaking to Linda. Doyle says to Linda's family:

Doyle: The upshot is, I'm gonna be spending a lot more time here. We're gonna all get along like a family should. I might even surprise you and pop the question. Well. I'm gonna get on back over to the job site...lock up some stuff over there.

What "question" is Doyle referring to?

  • I think you're way out of your debt with this text. But you could easily have googled pop the question Nov 4, 2021 at 16:15

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Doyle is using the idiom pop the question, meaning to propose marriage.

  • He is speaking to whole family, not single person to propose marriage.
    – Ken James
    Nov 4, 2021 at 14:43
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    Irrelevant, @KenJames: he's not proposing marriage, he's saying he might do so. It'll be obvious in context who he's talking about - presumably Linda, from your description.
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 4, 2021 at 14:47
  • Then, presumably informing the family that he's considering proposing to Linda. Nov 4, 2021 at 14:47

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