Wanderings by the Seine from Rouen to the Source; With 20 Engravings

Wanderings by the Seine from Rouen to the Source; With 20 Engravings

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...girls. But the courante was the most dramatic of these dances. Three lovers danced in with their mistresses. The latter are coy; they retire; they adjust their toilet, their laces, their ruffs, still dancing, and keeping time with each other with hand and foot. They return; the young men meet them; all how, and pirouette, and languish, and despair; but at length the fair ones soften, melt, are reconciled, and all is joy and briskness--in the feet. On these banks of the Seine we recognised a dance familiar to us in Scotland. It is performed by the young girls when the scarcity of cavaliers throws them upon their own resources. They form a ring by joining hands, and dance round one of their companions whom they have placed in the middle. In Scotland this simple movement is accompanied by as simple an air, which the dancers sing in chorus. Often have we sat at the window in the evening, listening to it for hours together; and the concluding words, or rather their general sound, for we are not sure of the articulation, haunts our ear to this day--Mary Matanzy! The French bal, however, --but the word is unintelligible to the English--"ball," like most literal translations, is wide of the meaning. The latter is full of evil communications: it comes off the tongue with a sonorous twang, like that of the string of a violoncello;--it breathes of hot skins, unwholesome atmosphere, and mutton suet. Bal, on the other hand, is as innocent, in itself, as a butterfly. Its locality is not described by the word room; for it is independent of place, and heated air, and candle-light, and almost of music. It simply implies a reunion, no matter when or where, of men and women, lads and lasses, youths and girls, in which the harmonious vivacity of the soul...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515552
  • 9781236515551