Kissing Tips

don't sit idly by and watch them quiveringQ Dear Miss Abigail:

Do you have any tips on kissing?


A Dear Mike:

But, of course! And although I’ve provided other tips in the past, I’d like to share this fun bit of kissing advice. It’s from a 1987 reprint of Hugh Morris’s informative¬†How to Make Love: The Secret of Wooing and Winning the One You Love. A friend gave me a copy for my birthday in 1990. Inside he wrote,

“I hope this wonderful book will answer some important questions for you . . . I must caution you however to treat the information you receive here with the utmost respect ~ THIS IS NOT A TOY! Do not use this information unjustly!”

I think he would approve of using it here.

1936: The Technique of Kissing

Now is your chance! The moment you feel the tip of your nose touch her scalp, purse your lips and kiss her, the while you inhale a deep breath of air that is redolent with the exquisite odor of her hair. It is then but a few inches to her ear. Touch the rim of her ear with your lips in a sort of brushing motion. Breathe gently into the delicate shell. Some women react passionately to this subtle act. Brush past her here in this way again and note her reaction. If she draws her head away, return to the hair and sniff luxuriously of it. Then settle back to her ear, the while you murmer ‘sweet, airy nothings’ into it. From the ear to her neck is but another few inches. Let your lips traverse this distance quickly and then dart into the nape of the neck and, with your lips well pursed, nip the skin there, using the same gentleness as would a cat lifting her precious kittens.

Then, with a series of little nips, bring your lips around from the nape of her neck to the curving, swerve of her jaw, close to the ear. Gently kiss the lobe of her ear. But be sure to return to the tender softness of her jaw. From then on, the way should be clear to you. Nuzzle your lips along the soft, downy expanse until you reach the corner of her lips. You will know when this happens because, suddenly, you will feel a strange stiffening of her shoulders under your arm. The reason for this is that the lips constitute one of the main erogenous zones of the body.

All right. You have subtly kissed the corner of her mouth. Don’t hesitate. Push on further to more pleasurable spots. Ahead of you lies that which had been promised in your dreams, the tender, luscious lips of the girl you love. But don’t sit idly by and watch them quivering.


Lift your lips away slightly, center them so that when you make contact there will be a perfect union. Notice, only momentarily, the picture of her teeth in her lips, and, then, like a seagull swooping gracefully down through the air, bring your lips down firmly onto the lips of the girl who is quivering in your arms.

Kiss her!

Kiss her as though, at that moment, nothing else exists in the world. Kiss her as though your entire life is wrapped up into the period of the kiss. Kiss her as though there is nothing else that you would rather be doing. Kiss her!

Source: Morris, Hugh. How to Make Love: The Secret of Wooing and Winning the One You Love, 1936 (reprinted 1987).
~ pp. 16-17 ~