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a matter of general knowledge that a woman's "No" is not always to be taken seriously. The refusal may, you know, be merely feigned. The maiden's "No" is the swain's "Yes," Peder Syv teaches us, and Runeberg, who also understood women, says:—

Ev'ry girl is fond of kisses,
Though she may pretend to scorn them.

W. F. H.

If one is now convinced that the German proverb which says: Auf ein Weibes Zunge ist Nein nicht Nein (On a woman's tongue "no" is not "no"), what then? Well, but how the point is to be finally settled is not satisfactorily explained by the authorities within my reach; and this is the reason why I dare not pronounce an opinion on the question at issue. But I am convinced that the momentary difficulty will afford the man the necessary diplomatic qualities as well as the requisite tact. There is only one thing I can lay down for certain, viz., that if a man follows his natural simplicity and reserve, and takes the girl's feigned "No" seriously, she will only laugh at him afterwards—such, again, is woman's nature.

A well-known French chanson deals with