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April 12, 2017

In reality, it lies in desiring another to kiss your a– for having just before threatened to kick his;

for I have observed very accurately, that no one ever desires you to kick that which belongs to himself, nor offers to kiss this part in another.

It may likewise seem surprizing that in the many thousand kind invitations of this sort, which every one who hath conversed with country gentlemen must have heard, no one, I believe, hath ever seen a single instance where the desire hath been complied with; – a great instance of their want of politeness; for in town nothing can be more common than for the finest gentlemen to perform this ceremony every day to their superiors, without having that favour once requested of them. -- Henry Fielding, A History of Tom Jones (1749)

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 12, 2017 6:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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