History Main / IKissYourHand

1st Jan '16 11:06:06 PM nombretomado
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The etiquette and protocol for the handkiss is a laundry list longer than the rules for the game of [[Recap/StarTrekS2E17APieceOfTheAction Fizzbin]]. For example, [[CaptainObvious one may only kiss the hand of a woman who specifically offers her hand for this purpose.]] One may only kiss the hand of a married woman and never outdoors. There are also different ways to kiss a lady's hand based on whether or not you're meeting her for the first time. A gloved hand may not be kissed (unless it is an opera style arm length glove). Also, the lips are not supposed to actually even touch her hand at all. Some mention that the gentleman is allegedly supposed to kiss his own thumb where it is gripping her hand. As confusing and inconsistent there rules are, it's no surprise that they are seldom, if ever followed in fiction (or even real life for that matter), unless absolute historical accuracy (or just the [[DidTheResearch appearance of it]]) is a priority. Historians debate as to whether these rules were ever consistently followed. It's unlikely since Europe is a fairly big and diverse place. And unless one is a member of the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism (which itself is known for [[ShownTheirWork allegedly being historically accurate]] [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory except where it's inconvienent]]), you may not have realized that there were any rules at all.
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The etiquette and protocol for the handkiss is a laundry list longer than the rules for the game of [[Recap/StarTrekS2E17APieceOfTheAction Fizzbin]]. For example, [[CaptainObvious one may only kiss the hand of a woman who specifically offers her hand for this purpose.]] One may only kiss the hand of a married woman and never outdoors. There are also different ways to kiss a lady's hand based on whether or not you're meeting her for the first time. A gloved hand may not be kissed (unless it is an opera style arm length glove). Also, the lips are not supposed to actually even touch her hand at all. Some mention that the gentleman is allegedly supposed to kiss his own thumb where it is gripping her hand. As confusing and inconsistent there rules are, it's no surprise that they are seldom, if ever followed in fiction (or even real life for that matter), unless absolute historical accuracy (or just the [[DidTheResearch appearance of it]]) is a priority. Historians debate as to whether these rules were ever consistently followed. It's unlikely since Europe is a fairly big and diverse place. And unless one is a member of the SocietyForCreativeAnachronism UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism (which itself is known for [[ShownTheirWork allegedly being historically accurate]] [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory except where it's inconvienent]]), you may not have realized that there were any rules at all.
6th Dec '15 2:26:51 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': At the end of a date in chapter 9, [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1660725/012/ Kaworu kissed Rei's hand]].
27th Nov '15 1:17:19 PM Snowbells
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** "Face The Raven" has the Twelfth Doctor kissing Clara's hand as [[spoiler:they say goodbye before she walks to her death]].
25th Nov '15 7:15:20 PM Austin
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** It should be mentioned that this used to be a signature move for Nightcrawler with most women he met. It disappeared during his priesthood days for obvious reasons.
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** It should be mentioned that this used to be a signature move for Nightcrawler ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} with most women he met. It disappeared during his priesthood days for obvious reasons.
11th Nov '15 8:09:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* When he tells Taki he is leaving with him, Klaus kisses Taki's hand for the first time at the beginning of ''MaidenRose''. Afterwards it becomes an outward symbol of Klaus' fealty as a knight and a pretty thinly-veiled way of secretly acknowledging their relationship.
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* When he tells Taki he is leaving with him, Klaus kisses Taki's hand for the first time at the beginning of ''MaidenRose''.''Manga/MaidenRose''. Afterwards it becomes an outward symbol of Klaus' fealty as a knight and a pretty thinly-veiled way of secretly acknowledging their relationship.
2nd Nov '15 5:46:30 AM RainFairy
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* In [[http://ounomachi.tumblr.com/post/127235932650/ilustraci%C3%B3n-de-fire-emblem-shadow-dragon this really cute]] [[FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon]] picture, Prince Marth goes on one knee and kisses the hand of his fiancée Princess Caeda.
11th Oct '15 4:39:34 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In chapter Kaji 4 kissed Ritsuko's hand when he met her. In reaction she laughed and withdrew her hand. -->''"Ah, Ritsuko, as beautiful as ever," said Kaji smoothly. He took her hand in his and kissed it.''
25th Sep '15 3:58:16 PM nombretomado
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* Ollie Queen (GreenArrow) does it from time to time -- but as he's basically ErrolFlynn crossed with Abbie Hoffman, he pulls it off.
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* Ollie Queen (GreenArrow) (ComicBook/GreenArrow) does it from time to time -- but as he's basically ErrolFlynn crossed with Abbie Hoffman, he pulls it off.
5th Sep '15 3:38:38 AM Thomasfan
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* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this to Sally towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', a gesture which is generally unlike him. Think of it as a MomentOfAwesome for him, after the several times that Antoine has relentlessly been giving Sally kisses on the hand throughout the series.
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* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} does this to Sally towards the end of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', a gesture which is generally unlike him. Think of it as a MomentOfAwesome for him, after the several times that Antoine has relentlessly been giving Sally kisses on the hand throughout the series. Sonic's kiss was genuine too.
30th Aug '15 8:41:20 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In the redux Kaworu kissed Asuka's hand as soon as he met her, believing he was being chivalrous. However he came across as decidedly creepy, and Asuka felt very freaked out and repulsed. She withdrew her hand, warning him to not touching her again.
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