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|JA mentions the "Boulanger"
Written by JulieW
(5/1/2007 11:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some more questions, penned by Carolyn
We were at a ball on Saturday, I assure you. We dined at Goodnestone, and in the evening danced two country-dances and the Boulangeries. I opened the ball with Edward Bridges; the other couples were Lewis Cage and Harriet, Frank and Louisa, Fanny and George. Elizabeth played one country-dance, Lady Bridges the other, which she made Henry dance with her, and Miss Finch played the Boulangeries.
Here is the music and instructions for it from Henry's Jane Info pages:
In the Le Faye Edition of JA's letters the note to the Boulangeries states;
Boulangeries More correctly "Boulangeres. Ms Claire Tomalin tells me that the name of the dance originates in the mildly improper French popular song "La boulanere a des ecus" which suggeets that the baker's wife acquired her money by means less creditable than the sale of bread.
In 1787 JA's cousin Phylly Walter wrote from Tunbridge Wells:" I danced almost all the evening and kept it up till past two o'clock concluding with a French dance which as I cant write it, is in English the Baker's Wife- only six couple and something in the cotillon style, the figure changing every time"
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