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him back to myself.
2nd. That if he were once to converse with me again, he would break away
from the other woman.
3rd. That the pride of my present lover would be put down by means of
the former one.
4th. That he has become wealthy, has secured a higher position, and
holds a place of authority under the King.
5th. That he is separate from his wife.
6th. That he is now independent.
7th. That he lives apart from his father, or brother.
8th. That by making peace with him I shall be able to get hold of a very
rich man, who is now prevented from coming to me by my present lover.
9th. That as he is not respected by his wife, I shall now be able to
separate him from her.
10th. That the friend of this man loves my rival, who hates me
cordially; I shall, therefore, by this means separate the friend from
11th. And lastly, I shall bring discredit upon him by bringing him back
to me, thus showing the fickleness of his mind.
When a courtesan is resolved to take up again with a former lover, her
Pithamurda and other servants should tell him that his former expulsion
from the woman's house was caused by the wickedness of her mother; that
the woman loved him just as much as ever at that time, but could not
help the occurrence on account of her deference to her mother's will;
that she hated the union of her present lover, and disliked him
excessively. In addition to this, they should create confidence in his
mind by speaking to him of her former love for him, and should allude to
the mark of that love that she has ever remembered. This mark of her
love should be connected with some kind of pleasure that may have been
practised by him, such as his way of kissing her, or manner of having
connection with her.
Thus end the ways of bringing about a re-union with a former lover.
When a woman has to choose between two lovers, one of whom was formerly
united with her, while the other is a stranger, the Acharyas (sages) are
of opinion that the first one is preferable, because his disposition and
character being already known by previous careful observation, he can be
easily pleased and satisfied; but Vatsyayana thinks that a former lover,
having already spent a great deal of his wealth, is not able or willing
to give much money again, and is not, therefore, to be relied upon so
much as a stranger. Particular cases may, however, arise differing from
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