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FANS FOR COQUETS; HANDS FOR "VAMPIRE'
BY THEDA BARA
Written Especially For The Day Book
"Woman's most formidable wea-
pon," the fan, has always had a fas
cinating attraction for meN.
Personally, I seldom '.use one. Why,
I do not know. Surely, a vampire
should make use of every possible,
weapon within her reach. Some
how, they seem to me forced, arti
ficial, and I believe they hamper,
N rather than aid my progress.
I have made a collection of fans
.to gratify my imagination, which
runs riot when I go over them and
call to mind the types of women to
whom they originally belonged.
Thq fan I used in "Carmen'' was
given me by a nobleman while I was
visiting Seville.' It was an heirloom
and dates back to the' early middle
Catherine de Medici is credited
with having, introduced the fan into
France about 1560, where it was
quickly adopted not only by -women,
but by effeminate men.
In Spain the fan plays an im
portant part, although the Spanish
woman has her mantilla, the most
flirtatious adjunct known to coquet
ry. A skillful manipulator of this
other weapon, she carries it with her
always even to bullfights..
The fan has been put to a variety
of uses. The Sibyls are said to have
been in the habit of fanning them
selves while delivering their oracles
certainly an indication that the ian
was not regarded in those days as In
anyway connected with frivolity.
. ' A French author has said there are
100 ways of using a fan, but he
names only one. This consists, he"
says, in holding this weapon and
shield of coquetry that its bearer
may receive a love' letter, unobserv
ed. The American woman, to my mind,
is the most successful user of the
fan. She can make it express any
phase of a mood and every degree of
The debutante has a dainty affair
of ivory sticks and point lace; the.
young matron a scintillating one of
guaze and spangles; the adventuress,
a shrieking fantasy of stiffly cut
quills and exotic plumage in vivid
scarlets or emerald green and the
substantial dowager black ostrich.
Some day I may bring my wonder
ful collection of fans to practical
use but I do not think they suit my
type. I must ha.euij hands tree to