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The Language of Victorian Fans: Victorian Flirting

My grandmother is a docent at a historical society and was the curator for an exhibit "Flirtatious Fans." In her research she shared with me the following Victorian fan language:

The fan placed near the heart: You have won my love.

Half-opened fan pressed to the lips: You may kiss me.

Hiding the eyes behind an open fan: I love you.

Opening and closing the fan several times: You are cruel.

Fanning slowly: I am married.

Fanning quickly: I am engaged.

Twirling the fan in the left hand: You are being watched.

 

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