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Written by BarbaraB
(4/22/2013 1:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry for the spoiler, penned by Therese
"This dance went under various names---'boulanger', 'boulangeries' and 'la boulangere'---and was a circular dance performed at the end of an evening....Couples stood in a circle and one dancer at a time would then skip round the circle turning each male dancer alternately with her own partner....music was fast...evening therefore ended on a high note....Jane Austen danced the boulanger at Goodnestone...Spirited women, such as Elizabeth Bennet, who runs and climbs over stiles, and Jane Austen herself, who loved a good long walk and energetic activity, were given an opportunity in this dance to really kick up their heels. Other energetic women, Jane Austen's cousins Eliza de Feuillide and Philadelphia Walters, danced the boulanger at Tunbridge Wells as the last dance of an evening ending at 2:00 a.m....The Meryton assembly ball ends with this dance, and Mrs. Bennet, on her return home, excitedly tells her husband just what dances Mr. Bingley danced and who his partners were....But Mr. Bennet interrupts his wife, impatient with this recital of dance partners, so Mr. Bingley's partner for the boulanger remains a permanent secret within Pride and Prejudice." (Susan Fullerton)
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