Sunday, 15 February 2009


I've just finished reading Restless by William Boyd, which I found to be an intelligently and highly credibly written spy thriller, with strong and well rounded characters. My wife agreed, thus ushering this work into a very select pantheon of books which have solicited matrimonially mutual pleasure.

One section of the book describes how the female narrator, conscious of an intense but unstated romantic attraction between her and a male colleague, applies a strategy she learned from a female acquaintance in order to inspire the male to kiss her, namely "'Just stand close to a man', the woman had said, 'very close, as close as you can without touching - he will kiss you in one minute or two. It's inevitable'".

This (successful) advice reminded me of a Fay Weldon short story I read many years ago, in which a woman seduces a man she knows is attracted to her by brushing her breast against his arm as she walks by him. This again is touted as an infallible device by the narrator.

All this raises some interesting questions: are men so easily and predictably directed?; is there a secret book, possibly begun at the dawn of time and copied and distributed to women around the world containing these and other devious manouevres (and if so, how did Mr. Boyd gain access to it?); (and also if so, what else is in it?).

Answers on a postcard, or by clicking the Comments tab, welcome.

Quotation of the day
"'He had a dream' I says 'and it shot him.'
'Singular dream.' he says." Mark Twain, from Huckleberry Finn.

1 comment:

Max said...

The other infallible trick, I am told, is to simply laugh at a man's jokes. Slower, but with unrelenting receptiveness, seems to work. Have seen it in action...