The Libertine's Guide to Gallantry: The Rogue’s Handbook

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As Metzger points out, by definition a g-rogue is a paradox. These men are nonconformists who ascribe to an elevated moral code, though this code is of their own invention and entirely beyond any conventional sense of good and evil. G-rogues are fascinating people who arouse jealousy in rivals and lust in potential mates. For this reason, I've taken the list of g-rogue personality traits identified by Metzeger and adapted them for the specific purpose of inspiring lust in female cohorts. While it may be difficult to fake many of the trappings of g-roguery — wealth, noble status, excessive education or the command of several manservants to press your tuxedos — on a basic level all g-rogue seduction artists share attitudes and qualities that transcend material wealth.

1. Speech: [image-1]The carnal desires of a g-rogue are often cloaked in elegant speech, just as his insults to male competitors are laced in witticisms as sharp as his gilded cutlass. This dichotomy reveals that you are educated, intelligent enough to be funny, and at heart a man of passion.  G-rogues avoid using slang or curses that carry the trappings of low class. A g-rogue will never "holler at a shorty," though, he may engage in a verbal game of backgammon with a challenging conquest that challenges and confronts her assumptions. Example:

Married woman: What is it about bad men? You... my husband. I had so many chances to be happy, so many nice guys. Why can't nice guys be more like you?

James Bond: Because then they'd be bad.

The great thing about an education is that you can get it for free. If your vocabulary is lacking, read more or listen to audio books or news-radio. Read a book of quotes on the toilet. Many of these quips come from iconic g-rogues like Oscar Wilde. This "education" will make you a more informed conversationalist and will provide you with plenty of witticism to use when verbally jousting with a woman. The following exchange by Churchill, which is highlighted in The Rogue's Handbook, demonstrates a mischievous sense of humor cloaked in civility:

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?

Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course.

Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?

Socialite: What kind of woman do you think I am?

Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

2. Appearance:  To quote the highly referenced g-rogue, The Most Interesting Man in the World, "Leave the tight pants to the ladies. If I can count the coins in your pocket, you better use them to call a tailor." The Rogue's Handbook identifies two subspecies of g-rogues: refined and rugged, neither of who follow trends when it comes to fashion. The refined g-rogue relies on classic fashions that are classy but understated. These men don't use gimmicks like rhinestone-studded shirts or mohawks to get attention. Their personality and presence is enough. The refined g-rogue avoids excessive tattoos, piercings and basically anything with writing or a logo on it.  Usually his only jewelry is an expensive watch. His suits are tailored but traditional. Rugged g-rogue types like Bear Grylls or Ernest Hemingway dress in a utilitarian manner that suits their masculine lifestyle. You can't dress as a cowboy or motorcyclist if you work in an office and drive a Honda. The rugged g-rogue's clothes are an authentic reflection of his masculinity. However, the most important accessory for any g-rogue is an air of confidence and indifference. If a rival in a graphic t-shirt that is so tight it's cutting off circulation to his head criticizes the g-rogue's suit, he'll respond with something similar to Oscar Wilde's opinion on fashion: "You can never be overdressed, or over educated."

[image-2]3. Personality: The three main personality traits of a g-rogue are intelligence, civility, and confidence.

Intelligence: The first sign of superior intelligence is, to paraphrase the g-rogue Socrates, "to know that you know not." Become an insatiable student of life. Make an effort to become more knowledgeable on everything if only because it will make you more interesting. While men may not much care how smart a woman is when it comes to sex, women are very much turned on by intelligence and wit,  which is why comedians get laid like rockstars despite being broke, funny-looking, and making jokes about how they live with their parents.

Civility: Though you may be broke, if you're civil, you will at least appear like you came from a solid upbringing and have moral fiber. Civility can also be interpreted as chivalry. The g-rogue is in the details. Simple things like opening doors, giving up your seat, or allowing a woman to order her drink ahead of you communicate class. This should not be confused with smothering a woman with flattery. This is not being a chivalrous g-rogue; it's being a pussy.

Confidence: Even if a g-rogue has nothing else going for him, he's at least confident that he will overcome whatever adversity looms over him. He should exude confidence like cologne. If a woman slaps him, he will smirk. He'll bet all his chips on a single hand without flinching. He doesn't get nervous when he talks to women. In fact, he even feeds them backhanded compliments the way other men buy them fruity drinks. Most g-rogues are born with this confidence. The rest of us have to fake it and learn it by facing our failures.

4. Independence: A rogue is essentially a loner. He's not an alpha male. He doesn't lead men, though he often tricks and uses them. Like the Most Interesting Man in the World, a g-rogue doesn't know what a wingman is.  He doesn't need the company of others, including women. He's Humphrey Bogart's Richard Blaine in Casablanca, saying, "I’m the only cause I’m interested in.” Relationships don't satisfy him. When a sex partner threatens to leave if he doesn't commit to their relationship, he shows the woman the door. This is the quality that drives women wild with desire for g-rogues at first, as they want to conquer this man, then daft with jealousy and anger when he refuses to settle down with them.

5: [image-3]A mysterious background. Hemingway had a scar on his face which he refused to explain. Many fictional g-rogues mask their true identities and dark pasts like Zorro or Batman. No g-rogue would be so desperate as to fake a mysterious past. These intriguing details about their past are products of interesting and fearless lives. Become an intriguing person who does interesting things just for the experience or the story. Say yes more. Volunteer in a third-world country for a summer. Train in MMA fighting. When you lose a job, apply for work in different cities. Have a reckless love affair. Failing that, you can create a mystique by not talking about your past. Mystery is compelling. It's a puzzle women want to figure out. Let them try but never give them all the pieces.

6. Indifference: Practice a blasé expression or smirk that inspires competitive envy in men, and relays to that woman across the bar that you are hip to something she cannot even fathom. If a potential lover acts offended by your comment that you prefer married women as they are less complicated, just smile. Don't apologize for your rogue beliefs that challenge her assumptions. Adopt the attitude that she will be the one who misses out if she let's you slip away.

Check out  The Rogue’s Handbook: a concise guide to conduct for the aspiring gentleman rogue by Jeff Metzger  at

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To quote Winston Churchill, "A joke is a very serious thing." Where the uninspired see The Rogue’s Handbook as simply a humorous novelty book that would make a great stocking stuffer, I see a basic analysis of character traits that will make you more successful with women. While The Rogue's Handbook may have been published on a minimal budget, printed in paperback with illustrations from photo-banks, I envision an expanded edition, a little black book with gold-leafed pages that serves as a Bible for aspiring gentleman rogues the world over.

The best way to define a gentleman rogue (or 'g-rogue,' in Metzger's terminology) is to profile prominent g-rogues throughout history. The book analyzes such men as Lord Byron, an infamous English socialite, philanderer, adventurer and writer famed for penning the epic poem of the ultimate Lothario, Don Juan. Although not quite as dashing, Pablo Picasso was also highlighted in the book for founding an art revolution while also being a notorious adulterer who fathered at least three illegitimate children and upon his death, prompted at least two of his former lovers to

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