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Pick-Up Lines c. 1661


From Academy of Complements, Wherein Ladies, Gentlewomen, Schollers and Strangers, may accommodate their Courtly practice with gentile Ceremonies, Complemental amorous high expressions, and Forms of speaking or writing of Letters most in Fashion, by John Gough — to be sold at Bonham's Auction next month, and expected to bring about $400:

Gough advises men to tell their prospective lover that "Her breasts are a pair of Maiden-unconquered Worlds", or that "Her breasts are twins where Lillies grow".

Other suggestions include: "Her breasts are the soft Pillows of love" and "Her breasts are two Ivory balls of listing pleasure".

For variation, readers could try complimenting a woman's neck, saying "Her neck is polisht Ivory, white as the silver Dove."








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