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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. 1768 edition. Excerpt: ...kick, drive, and shout, to the other end; where you may observe as much earnestness and anxiety in the countenances of the riders, and as much apparent delight and fatisfaction in those of the spectators, as ever you faw at the sinest match at Newmarket. Running at the ring Is now much disused here, and even a bull-baiting is a rarity. I faw one; but the bull wanted spirit, though the dogs were very contemptible assaillants; so that I was very little pleased until it was over. During the carnival, and all winter long, they dance in their houses; in summer this diversion is taken in the street by torch-light. Their musick is the guittar, on which most of the men and women play. They dance in couples, the man exerting his whole strength and activity, while the woman moves slow, and looks all the time on the ground. And though the persormance be never so wretched, the spectators never fail to cry out, "long live the dancers I" which they return with, " long live the lookerson!" Sometimes the man is desired to fay something to his partner, on which the compliment is always this question, "What would you have me fay to her, but that she has the face of a rose?" They have but sew tunes, and these are dull too; though not altogether unsuitable to the measure of the lady, whose looks are not in the least affected by the diversion; and I have often thought their countenances had mQre of solemnity and R mormortisication on these occasions, that in the most serious exercises of their religion, that we he-reticles are allowed to he witness to. It is observable, that they seldom practise those diversions and exercises in which the more warlike people of Europe delight. Their sling is at present in little use, except among the...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236503899
  • 9781236503893