Be cruel to be kind 1

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From: Help Mrs Gebrandt answer her correspondence

'Dear Mrs Gebrandt, I fear that my fiancé may soon try to hold my hand, or possibly even raise it to his lips. Is this not frightfully Indecent?'

Challenge information

Broad, Persuasive 75

  • 52 - very chancy (41%)
  • 64 - chancy (51%)
  • 77 - modest (61%)
  • 89 - very modest (71%)
  • 102 - low-risk (81%)
  • 114 - straightforward (91%)
  • 125 - straightforward (100%)


"Perfect, my dear!"

Your reply is full of dire warnings about this kind of scandalous conduct – and hints that the writer should stock up on F.F. Gebrandt's sal volatile forthwith, as a countermeasure against the fainting fits she is so evidently prone to. […]

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Too harsh. Too harsh.

Your reply to this poor lady is not particularly strongly worded, in your opinion, but it is Mrs Gebrandt's opinion that you will scare some sense into the girl, and lose her valuable sales in nervous tonics and smelling-salts.