A soiled or blood-stained handkerchief indicates a quarrel; a cotton one is a suggestion that you could benefit from asserting yourself more. A linen one is a warning of hidden hostility, and a silk one is a good omen in regard to your general interests. A torn handkerchief signifies a business embarrassment; a lost one indicates a broken relationship; buying one is a caution against new ventures or gambling; and receiving one predicts a happy surprise. Blowing your nose in a handkerchief portends an improvement in social status; wiping your face or forehead with it augurs a lightening of responsibilities; waving it prophesies an interesting new friendship; and washing it is a warning against extravagance.