Jane Austen on flirting and flattery
Keira Knightley and the glamorous cast of the latest remake of Pride and Prejudice once again proved that Jane Austen's classic is timeless.
And even though Elizabeth Bennett's intriguing love life was penned in 1813, the dramas and events throughout the book teach us valuable dating lessons.
Ms Austen seems to have known quite a bit about dating, and even inspired Laura Henderson to write the inspired book Jane Austen's Guide to Dating.
One of the top dating tips in the book suggests that we shouldn't allow flirty fellas to fool us with flattery.
Ms Henderson wonders how guys get so great at complimenting girls. She reckons with these smooth operators, practise made perfect.
"How did he get to be so good at that? By doing the same with a lot of other people," she says.
She also warns that if a guy seems too good to be true, he probably is.
Girls should trust their instincts, she says, and maintain their balance.
"What really happens when someone sweeps you off your feet is that you lose your balance and he's still standing up."
Combat this by staying grounded, and who knows, maybe the chap you're chatting to turns out to be your Mr Darcy.
? Adfero Ltd