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Title:
Flirting game.
Published/Created:
Great Britain, mid-19th century.
Physical Description:
40 folded paper slips in 2 boxes ; each slip approximately 2 x 11 cm (unfolded), in boxes 7 x 10 x 2 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 .F55 Flat
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Classification:
Archives & Manuscripts
Notes:
Victorian flirting game, in the form of manuscript rhyming couplets, presumably designed to be played by courting couples. The game comprises 40 folded slips of paper, irregularly cut, each bearing a rhyming couplet written in black ink (in a single hand). The slips are housed in contemporary paperboard boxes, covered in paper of dark green and red. Made for domestic amusement, each rhyming couplet contains a humorous or flirtatious proposal. Representative examples: “Pretty miss if you will sing / I'll give to you my golden ring”; “I may be compared with a fish in the sea / My hopes and enjoyments all live in thee”; “The most inward secret I'll disclose / Upon your love I now repose”; “If you, your heart would prove good pluck / My cheeks are ready, come try your luck”; "Of all mankind, you're the greatest pest / Of all others, you I most detest"; "Nature has given thee her richest hue / Wilt thou be to me what she is to you"; "Thy charms are many, too good to name / They light my breast with burning flame"; "Tis strange indeed that you should think, Love was made for me to drink"; "Tho your frowns be black, your smiles so few / My love shall ever live for you."
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain.
Courtship -- Great Britain.
Flirting -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Marriage -- Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Love poetry.
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