What did it mean to slap somebody with a silk glove?

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  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    It was an insult, calculated to give the opportunity for the person struck to either challenge (or not) the striker to a duel.

    Although the slapper knew the potential consequence it was up to the person offended to issue the challenge – misunderstanding of the protocol has led to people believing that striking with a glove was a challenge to a duel.

    However the older custom of throwing down the gauntlet had the meaning that whoever picked up the gauntlet agreed to fight.

  • 7 years ago

    I think here are plenty more FUN ways to duel these days don't you? And hey, what if i don't have a silk glove? Will a silk stocking work just as well or silk panties perhaps??? LOL ;)

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Well think this means to gently slap them,silk or not do not like the sound of it.

  • 7 years ago

    It was a challenge to a duel - no necessarily to the death - and the glove didn't have to be silk.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Duel to the death.

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