If you’re not used to taking control of your destiny, sometimes you need a little help. And in affairs of the heart the Leap Year, with its Unusual Month of Reverse Courtship when traditionally the fairer sex can pop the question, is an ideal time to start taking matters into your own hands.
But if you’re worried about just what the month demands, fear not! Hendrick’s Gin is offering unique and unprecedented assistance in its Henrick’s Gin Unusual Month of Reverse Courtship..
As part of their commitment to getting hitched – or not – the Hendrick’s School for Scoundrels and Ladies School of Nuptial Conquest has been touring with ‘brief yet highly effective courses in the arts of Woo and Anti-Woo’. With a complimentary cocktail, the esteemed Hendrick’s professor’s offered guidance on the ‘Prism of Opportunity’ or ‘Fearful Day’ (whichever way you see it).
If you’re wondering what the Hendrick’s schools were all about, take a look at the video and you can still pick up some of the invaluable advice from the Hendrick’s site.
For the ladies in the Month of Reverse Courtship, Hendrick’s offered help in concentrating ‘all the wily, seductive cunning of your femininity’ on one object.
And for the men, Hendrick’s school for Scoundrels gave instruction on how not to be a gentleman, while still appearing to be one. Whichever route you choose, the leap year proposal could be a costly – or profitable – venture.
Apparently a law from Queen Margaret of Scotland required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow (in Denmark the compensation is 12 pair of gloves, and in Finland, a refusing chap should buy the woman fabrics for a skirt).
Tradition also says that women looking to propose are expected to wear a scarlet petticoat. If the petticoat is hidden, or a little too obvious, Hendricks has a number of tips and tricks to make the proposal un-refusable.
And for the men looking to save themselves from commitment and a trip to the gaunter (that’s glove maker to you), there are a number of techniques to develop.
Explore Hendrick’s advice and find the best method for you, or practise a few in front of the mirror – you never know, you might need a few on the Leap Year Day – February 29 only comes around every four years after all!