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Thread #151478   Message #3535621
Posted By: Gurney
09-Jul-13 - 04:30 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
I would agree with Anglogeezer up there. The 'pretty fair maid' would be swinging along allowing her breasts to move to attract prurient interest, which would bring her possible maidenhood into question, but this sailor was obviously out of luck.

Brassieres are a fairly recent invention, I believe.