Robert Lewis Reid (1907)
National Museum of American Art
Language of the Parasol
Carrying it elevated in left hand – Desiring an acquaintance.
Carrying it elevated in right hand – You are too willing.
Carrying it closed in left hand – Meet on the first crossing.
Carrying it closed in the right hand by the side – Follow me.
Carrying it in front of you – No more at present.
Carrying it over the right shoulder – You may speak to me.
Carrying it over the left shoulder – You are too cruel.
Closing it up – I wish to speak to you, love.
Dropping it – I love you.
End of tip to lips – Do you love me?
Folding it up – Get rid of your company.
Letting it rest on the right cheek – Yes.
Letting it rest on the left cheek – No.
Striking it on the hand – I am very much displeased.
Swinging it to and fro by handle on left side – I am engaged.
Swinging it to and fro by handles on right side – I am married.
Tapping the chin gently – I am in love with another.
Twirling it around – Be careful, we are watched.
Using it as a fan – Introduce me to your company.
With handle to lips – Kiss me.