Ah.... is it about precedence?
Written by Jan
(4/7/2006 8:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I dont know,Jan, penned by JulieW
One of the rules says:
That a reasonable time shall be allowed between the minuets and contra-dances for ladies of precedence to take their places in the dance; and that those ladies who shall stand up after the dance shall have commenced, must take their place successively at the bottom.
(Then we get)
That no lady, after she shall have taken her place in the set do permit another to come above her in the dance.
So this could be about precedence - you can go above someone according to the rank of the lady until the dance is commenced. After that, you musn't let anyone in... they must go to the bottom whatever their rank?