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Página 41 - ... but they cannot deceive me, well read as I am in the symptoms of my own disorder. Many have recourse to the tetotum system; some appear quite undecided, and entirely at the mercy of chance; and a few miserable creatures positively stand still, cast a few puzzled glances around them, as if in ignorance what ought to be done, then appear to awake from their fit of absence, put on a faint and forced smile, and hurry forward to take their place in the sociable tour de quatre.
Página 38 - Gradually they encroached upon their less elegant predecessors, and at length gained complete and exclusive possession of the ball-room. Country-dances were banished to the kitchen, and I deprived of my favourite amusement. Some of my friends endeavoured to persuade me to put myself under the tuition of a dancing-master, but really this was too much to expect of a shy man. What! skip about a room in broad day-light, turn out my toes, and arrange my elbows at command ? My cheeks are even now tingling...
Página 40 - ... glory, a lurking contempt mingles with the admiration they excite, and I have often heard Ellen quote and approve the words of some wise man, who once said, " To dance too exquisitely is so laborious a vanity, that a man ought to be ashamed to let the world see, by his dexterity in it, that he has spent so much time in learning such a trifle." — These few wonderful persons excepted, however, I am quite convinced that the rest of my sex will rejoice in the permission to assume no more their...
Página 40 - These few wonderful persons excepted, however, I am quite convinced that the rest of my sex will rejoice in the permission to assume no more their solitary character. Many, who move gracefully and easily at other times, are but awkward cavaliers-seuls ; notwithstanding an air of indifference, which they attempt to put on, a lurking constraint proves them to be uncomfortable, and various are the methods to which they have recourse, in order to pass through the dancing ordeal with tolerable credit....
Página 40 - ... bars. What bounding, what pirouetting, while the body is slightly bent, the arms are a little extended, the face flushed with exercise, the eyes flashing triumph! But I do not envy these performers their glory ; a lurking contempt mingles with the admiration they excite, and I have often heard Ellen quote and approve the words of some wise man, who once said, " To dance too exquisitely is so laborious a vanity, that a man ought to be ashamed to let the world see, by his dexterity in it, that...
Página 34 - But, if a man were halt or hunch" d, in him By those whom God had made full-limbed and tall, Scorn was allowed as part of his defect, And he was answered toftly by the King And all his Table.
Página 115 - This is the King (pointing to His Majesty) thou must have a care of him and preserve him as thou did'st me.
Página 39 - ... Why, the strongest nerves might tremble, the wisest man look silly, the most elegant appear awkward, in such a situation ; and I — what I suffer is far beyond description ; and I am often tempted to exclaim, in the words of one who seems to have suffered occasionally from my wretched complaint, " Thinks I to myself, I wish I was dead and buried.
Página 40 - ... are not frightened," but they cannot deceive me, well read as I am in the symptoms of my own disorder. Many have recourse to the tetotum system; some appear quite undecided, and entirely at the mercy of chance; and a few miserable creatures positively stand still, cast a few puzzled glances around...
Página 39 - I read derision in every countenance, and endeavour in vain to hide myself from the finger of scorn. Once, in despair, I wrote to my cousin Ellen, stated my distress, and asked her advice. With her usual kindness she sent me an .immediate answer, and directed me, when next I danced my solo, to turn round several times. At first I found this an excellent plan ; I had some definite mode of action, and I thought that the whirling motion lu of numbing effect, which deadcn acuteness of my feelings.

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