Maybe you know the Norwegian folk tale Doll i 'the Grass. The story features the sentence
"But if you'll only say at once you'll be my wife, I'll not go a step further," said Boots to Doll i 'the Grass.
What does this mean? The literal meaning of walking or advancing in some physical room does not seem to come into question, nor does advancing in any kind of relationship, for in the context it is only a moment later when this same boy ("Boots") expresses his happiness about marriage with this tiny girl. So what does it really mean in this context?