1. The fan placed near the heart: "You have won my love."
2. A closed fan touching the right eye: "When may I be allowed to see you?"
3. The number of sticks shown answered the question: "At what hour?"
4. Threatening movements with a closed fan: "Do not be so imprudent."
5. Half-opened fan pressed to the lips: "You may kiss me."
6. Hands clasped together holding an open fan: "Forgive me."
7. Covering the left ear with an open fan: "Do not betray our secret."
8. Drawing the fan across the forehead: "You have changed."
|Hamilton Hamilton, Woman With a Fan|
9. Shutting a fully opened fan slowly: "I promise to marry you."
10. Drawing the fan across the eyes: "I am sorry."
11. Touching the finger to the tip of the fan: "I wish to speak with you."
12. Letting the fan rest on the right cheek: "Yes."
13. Letting the fan rest on the left cheek: "No."
14. Opening and closing the fan several times: "You are cruel."
15. Dropping the fan: "We will be friends."
16. Putting the fan handle to the lips: "Kiss me."
|George Washington Cable, creole ladies with fans in The Grandissimes|
17. Fanning slowly: "I am married."
18. Fanning quickly: "I am engaged."
19. Opening a fan wide: "Wait for me."
20. Placing the fan behind the head: "Do not forget me."
21. Placing the fan behind the head with the finger extended: "Goodbye."
22. Fan in right hand in front of face: "Follow me."
23. Fan in left hand in front of face: "I am desirous of your acquaintance."
24. Fan held over left ear: "I wish to get rid of you."
|Alexander Roslin, The Lady With The Veil|
25. Twirling the fan in the left hand: "We are being watched."
26. Twirling the fan in the right hand: "I love another."
27. Carrying an open fan in the right hand: "You are too willing."
28. Carrying an opened fan in the left hand: "Come and talk to me."
29. Drawing the fan through the hand: "I hate you."
30. Drawing the fan across the cheek: "I love you."
31. Hiding the eyes behind an open fan: "I love you."
32. Presenting the fan shut: "Do you love me?"
I'm sure there were more gestures that meant other things too, and I can imagine that the gentlemen of those days might have had a bit of a difficult time trying to keep up with the development of this language...I love it though, and wouldn't mind if fans came into fashion again. I do use them sometimes though, and after writing this post I feel like always having one with me!