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Of the Means of Getting Money. Of the Signs of the Change

of a Lover's Feelings, and of the Way to Get Rid of Him.

Money is got out of a lover in two ways, viz.:
By natural or lawful means, and by artifices. Old authors
are of opinion that when a courtezan can get as much money
as she wants from her lover, she should not make use of artifice.
But Vatsyayana lays down that though she may get
some money from him by natural means, yet when she makes
use of artifice he gives her doubly more, and therefore artifice
should be resorted to for the purpose of extorting money
from him at all events.
Now the artifices to be used for getting money from the
lover are as follows:
I St. Taking money from him on different occasions, for
the purpose of purchasing various articles, such as ornaments,
food, drink, flowers, perfumes and clothes, and either not
buying them, or getting from him more than their cost.
2nd. Praising his intelligence to his face.
3rd. Pretending to be obliged to make gifts on occasion of
festivals connected with vows, trees, gardens, temples, or
4th. Pretending that at the time of going to his house,
her jewels have been stolen either by the King's guards, or
by robbers.
5th. Alleging that her property has been destroyed by
fire, by the falling of her house, or by the carelessness of the
6th. Pretending to have lost the ornaments of her lover
along with her own.
7th. Causing him to hear through other people of the expenses
incurred by her in coming to see him.
8th. Contracting debts for the sake of her lover.
9th. Disputing with her mother on account of some ex-
pense incurred by her for the lover, and which was not approved
of by her mother.
loth. Not going to parties and festivities in the houses of
her friends for the want of presents to make to them, she
having previously informed her lover of the valuable presents
given to her by these very friends.
1 1 th. Not performing certain festive rites under the pretence
that she has no money to perform them with.
I 2th. Engaging artists to do something for her lover.
13 th. Entertaining physicians and ministers for the purpose
of attaining some object.
14th. Assisting friends and benefactors both on festive occasions,
and in misfortune.
15 th. Performing household rites.
1 6th. Having to pay the expenses of the ceremony of marriage
of the son of a female friend.
17th. Having to satisfy curious wishes during her state
of pregnancy.
1 8th. Pretending to be ill, and charging her cost of treatment.
19th. Having to remove the troubles of a friend.
2oth. Selling some of her ornaments, so as to give her lover
a present.
2 1 St. Pretending to sell some of her ornaments, furniture,
or cooking utensils to a trader, who has been already tutored
how to behave in the matter.
22nd. Having to buy cooking utensils of greater value
than those of other people, so that they might be more easily
distinguished, and not changed for others of an inferior description.
23 rd. Remembering the former favors of her lover, and
causing them always to be spoken of by her friends and followers.
24th. Informing her lover of the great gains of other
25th. Describing before them, and in the presence of her
lover, her own great gains, and making them out to be greater
even than theirs, though such may not have been really the
26th. Openly opposing her mother when she endeavors
to persuade her to take up with men with whom she had
been formerly acquainted, on account of the great gains to
be got from them.
27th. Lastly, pointing out to her lover the liberality of his
Thus end the ways and means of getting money.
t t t
A woman should always know the state of the mind, of
the feelings, and of the disposition of her lover towards her,
from the changes of his temper, his manner, and the color
of his face.
The behavior of a waning lover is as follows:
I St. He gives the woman either less than is wanted, or
something else than that which is asked for.
2nd. He keeps her in hopes by promises.^/^'
3rd. He pretends to do one thing, and does something
4th. He does not fulfill her desires.
5 th. He forgets his promises, or does something else than
that which he has promised.
6th. He speaks with his own servants in a mysterious way.
7th. He sleeps in some other house under the pretence of
having to do something for a friend.
8th. Lastly, he speaks in private with the attendants of a
woman with whom he was formerly acquainted.
Now when a courtezan finds that her lover's disposition
toward her is changing, she should get possession of all his
best things before he becomes aware of her intentions, and
allow a supposed creditor to take them away forcibly from
her in satisfaction of some pretended debt. After this, if the
lover is rich, and has always behaved well towards her, she
should ever treat him with respect; but if he is poor and
destitute, she should get rid of him as if she had never been
acquainted with him in any way before.
The means of getting rid of a lover are as follows:
I St. Describing the habits and vices of the lover as disagreeable
and censurable, with the sneer of the lip, and the
stamp of the foot.
2nd. Speaking on a subject with which he is not acquainted.
3rd. Showing no admiration for his learning, and passing
a censure upon it.
4th. Putting down his pride.
5 th. Seeking the company of men who are superior to
liim in learning and wisdom.
6th. Showing a disregard for him on all occasions.
yth. Censuring men possessed of the same faults as her
8th. Expressing dissatisfaction at the ways and means of
enjoyment used by him.
9th. Not giving him her mouth to kiss.
loth. Refusing access to her jaghana, i.e., the part of the
body between the navel and the thighs.
I ith. Showing a dislike for the wounds made by his nails
and teeth.
1 2th. Not pressing close up against him at the time when
he embraces her.
13 th. Keeping her limbs without movement at the time
of congress.
14th. Desiring him to enjoy her when he is fatigued.
15th. Laughing at his attachment to her.
1 6th. Not responding to his embraces.
1 7th. Turning away from him when he begins to embrace
1 8th. Pretending to be sleepy.
19th. Going out visiting, or into company, when she perceives
his desire to enjoy her during the day time.
20th. Misconstruing his words.
2 1 St. Laughing without any joke, or at the time of any
joke made by him laughing under some other pretence.
22nd. Looking with side glances at her own attendants,
and clapping her hands when he says anything.
23rd. Interrupting him in the middle of his stories, and
beginning to tell other stories herself.
24th. Reciting his faults and his vices, and declaring them
to be incurable.
25th. Saying words to her female attendants calculated
to cut the heart of her lover to the quick.
26th. Taking care not to look at him when he comes to
27th. Asking from him what cannot be granted.
28th. And, after all, finally dismissing him.
There are also two verses on this subject as follows:
"The duty of a courtezan consists in forming connections
with suitable men after due and full consideration, and attaching
the person with whom she is united to herself; in
obtaining wealth from the person who is attached to her, and
then dismissing him after she has taken away all his possessions."
"A courtezan leading in this manner the life of a wife is
not troubled with too many lovers, and yet obtains abundance
of wealth."


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