Ruth and Boaz on the threshing floor. Boaz did lie down; Ruth uncovered his feet. Around midnight he woke up (due to his cold feet!). Noticed a woman lying at his feet; asked whom she was. Ruth replied, asked him to cover her with a blanket. This constitutes a proposal of marriage, symbolized by the man "protecting" the woman. Ruth assumes that Boaz has a duty to marry her. Boaz doesn't hesitate a minute…he is both flattered and pleased that she chose him. He formally agrees to marry her. She is well known for her kindnesses to Naomi. One glitch…someone else is closer to Naomi than Boaz. Technically speaking, that man has right of first refusal. Boaz is a model of integrity in not trying to circumvent the law. He promises to check with the other relative, will defer to him if necessary. In the meantime, Ruth was told to stay the remainder of the night.