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Chapter I Chapter K Chapter m Chapter IV Rule X Rule 2

Rule 3

Rule 4

Rule 5

The History of The Rides 1

What Are The Rules? 5

Meet a Rules Girl 11

But First the Product—You! 15

Be a "Creature Unlike Any Other" 22

Don't Ttolk to a Man First (andDon't Ask Him to Dance) 26

Don't Stare at Men or Tiilk Too Much 33

Don't Meet Him Halfway or Go Dutch on a Date 36 Don't Call Him andRarely Return His Calls 40

Always End Phone Calls First 45 Don't Accept a Saturday Night Date after Wednesday 51

Rule 8 Fill Up Your Time before the Date 57

Rule 9 How to Act on Dates 1,2, and 3 60 Rule 10 How to Act on D ates 4 through

Commitment Time 64 Rule 11 Always End the Date First 68 Rule 12 Stop Dating Him if He Doesn't Buy You a Romantic Gift for Your Birthday or Val entine's D ay 70 Rule 13 Don't See Him More than Once or

TWice a Week 74 Rule 14 No More than Casual Kissing on the

First Date 78 Rule 15 Don't Rush into Sex and Other Rules for Intimacy 80 Rule 16 Don't Tell Him What to D o 85 Rule 17 Let Him T^ke the Lead 88 Rule 18 Don't Expect a Man to Change or TYy to Change Him 90 Rule 19 Don't Open Up Too Fast 94 Rule 20 Be Honest but Mysterious 99 Rule 21 Accentuate the Positive and Other

Rules for Personal Ads 102 Rule 22 Don't Live with a Man (or Leave

Your Things in His Apartment) 108 Rule 23 Don't Date a Married Man 112 Rule 24 Slowly Involve Him in Your Family and Other Rules for Women with Children 115 Rule 25 Practice, Practice, Practice! (or,

Getting Good at The Rules) 118

Rule 26 Even if You're Engaged or Married,

You Still Need The Rules 125 Rule 27 Do The Rides, Even when Your Friends and Parents Think It's Nuts 130

Rule 28 Be Smart and Other Rules for Dating in High School 134 Rule 29 1toke Care of Yourself and Other Rules for D ating in College 138 Rule 30 Next! and Other Rules for Dealing with Rejection 141 Rule 31 Don't Discuss The Rides with Your

Therapist 144 Rule 32 Don't Break The Rules 147 Rule 33 Do The Rules and You'll Live Happily

Ever After! 155 Rule 34 Love Only Those Who Love You 160 Rule 35 Be Easy to Live With 163

Last But

Not Least—12 ExtraHints 169

The ffiiZ&y-at-a-Glance 172


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