Thursday, July 09, 2009

Great chat-up lines in literature

I don't think I'd ever look to that miserabilist Dostoevsky for advice in any field of life, but certainly not in terms of chatting up women. His advice:

look here, you are good at mathematics, and working at it now... begin teaching her the integral calculus; upon my soul, I'm not joking, I'm in earnest, it'll be just the same to her. She will gaze at you and sigh for a whole year together. I talked to her once for two days at a time about the Prussian House of Lords (for one must talk of something) - she just sighed and perspired!


O tempora, o mores...

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