leave your garment in her hand

Tales of Passing Time

“What do you do if a woman clings to you as if she were drowning and is determined to make you her lover? Do you leave your garment in her hand and flee?” No, men no longer did that, because there were other rules for a cavalier to obey in that case, rules one did not resist, assuming that the lady was pretty, if in a somewhat disagreeable and anguished way.”

— Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus

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leave your garment in her hand

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