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Richard Duree 2002 Folk Dance Federation of California, South, Inc.

Language of the Fan
By Richard Duree, 2009

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Language of the Fan ♥ The lady appears at the balcony, slowly fanning her face, then she shuts the fan: "I can't go out."
♥ If she does it excitedly, not shutting the fan: "I'll go out soon."
♥ Resting the fan on her lips: "I don't trust you."
♥ Running her fingers through the fan's ribs: "I want to talk with you."
♥ Fanning herself quickly: "I love you so much."
♥ Fanning herself slowly: "Don't waste your time as I don't care about you."
♥ Moving her hair off of her forehead: "Don't forget me."
♥ Passing the fan from hand to hand: "I see you are looking at another woman."
♥ Hitting her hand's palm" "Love me."
♥ Carrying the fan closed and hanging from her left hand: "I'm engaged."
♥ Closing the fan quickly and impetuously: "I'm jealous."
♥ Dropping the fan: "I belong to you."
♥ Resting the fan on her ear: "My love for you makes me suffer."
♥ Half-opening the fan over her face: "We are being watched."
♥ Hitting any object: "I'm impatient."
♥ Hiding the sunlight: "You are ugly."
♥ Looking closely at the painting on the fan: "I like you."


Used with permission of the author.
Printed in Folk Dance Scene, February 2009.