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|No, a gentleman was not obliged to dance
Written by Tracy W
(5/1/2007 12:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another dance question (etiquette), penned by Maisy
Plus, the comment on Mr Bingley's virtues at the Meryton ball includes he danced every dance implies that this was a positive virtue, not merely obeying minimum standards of courtesy.
Consider if it was the rule that a gentleman had to ask any unengaged lady to dance. I am now having visions of some poor unfit gentleman, about to drop dead from exhaustion, but still obliged to ask yet another lady!
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