Hope's Curious and Comic Missellaneous Works, Started in His Walks

Hope's Curious and Comic Missellaneous Works, Started in His Walks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1780 edition. Excerpt: ...board, turn them, ah! fwiftly round, to make her fport.--But that is Grace, and it isfafhionable Grace.--Mr. Slingfby, with all your cafe and agility, unlefs you can im-prove.your Tafte, you will fhortly lofe your bread: you will, at leaft, be foon difcharged the Opera-houfe, if you will not learn to dance a little more a la Heinel. You can, indeed, throw your legs and arms about pretty fufficiently already; but you have not yet learnt to ftiffen your back-bone, and reft on one leg like a goofc--the great perfections of French dancing. Next to thefe, you have to obferve ftw other Graces in dancing, except to jump up and down, in a perpendicular Direction, like the Jacks of a harpGchord.--I fhall never be a fond Spectator of dancing, till I am paft dancing myfelf; and then I mail admire a grave folemn dance on the Theatre, as I would a Parfon dancing a Hornpipe at a Burial, while the Funeral-fervice was read by his Clerk. At prefent, I muft own, I would rather join in a favourite Country-dance myfelf, than be a looker-on at the beft caper that two legs (male or female) ever tut. Ya We We will therefore leave Madame Heinel to fpindle away, unrivalled, on her ftilts; and before we quit the fubjtct of dancing, will juft drop a hint to the.. Cotillon.dancers at our fafhionable aflemblies. They forget themfelves greatly when they imagine, that people fubfcribe to Balls to fee tour couple figure it away before them like fo many Stage.dancers.--It is highly impolite for fuch a fmall number to take up the Mufic, and the whole floor of a Room, from the reft of the Company; and let them dance ever fo well (which to them, perhaps, may appear the high-eft accomplifhment) they will ftill, in my opinion, be ill.bred people. Cuftem, indeed, and the tacit confent...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665473
  • 9781236665478