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Flirting game.

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
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1199 .F55 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
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.
Games -- Great Britain.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Love poetry.

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