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Sunday, 20 March 2011
How to Kiss...and Other Musings.
“A lover should not hold his bride by the ears in kissing her...”
Henry Theophilus Finck. 1887
Kissing is not, as you might suppose, something that has happened since the evolution of man. Instead the historian St Pierius Wensemius claims it was ‘invented’ by a Friesian Princess. According to Wensemius kissing was;
“Unpracticed and unknown in
England until the fair Princess Rowena, daughter of King Hengist of Friesland, pressed the beaker with her lips and saluted the amorous Vortigen with a little kiss.”
However it seems that kissing soon caught on in a big way since the scholar and monk Erasmus writes in 1499;
“If you go any place in
you are received with a kiss; if you depart …your are dismissed with a kiss; you return and kisses are exchanged…whenever you move, nothing but kisses.” Britain
Apparently it was a practice Erasmus was fully in favour of;
“On my honour you would not want to reside here for ten years, but for life.”
However, the kissing was not always done well as the American writer; Henry Theophilus Finck writes in his book ‘Romantic Love and Personal Beauty.’ 1887.
“Kissing comes by instinct and yet it is an art which few understand properly.”
He goes on to write,
“A lover should not hold his bride by the ears, as appears to have been customary in Scotch weddings of the last century (1700’s)”
He offers some helpful advice;
“A more graceful way, and as effective at preventing the bride from getting away, is to put your right arm round her neck, your fingers under her chin, raise the chin and gently but firmly press you lips to hers.”
Then the ever thoughtful Theophilus offers some words of reassurance.
“After a few repetitions she will find out it doesn’t hurt and will become as gentle as a lamb.”
If Theophilus married, am I alone in feeling sorry for his wife?