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|And another, slightly eariler primary source
Written by JulieW
(5/3/2007 5:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Here is a primary source for you, penned by JulieW
Matthew Fowle was a dancing master based in mid 18th century Oxford. His book is full of advice for yong men and ladies, and is particulalry focused on the attitude a person sould adopt when dancing and aspiring to be elegant( as you would expect of a dancing master).
However he does have this to say about the social obligations and benefits of dancing:
When you are going to any dancing, dress your self airy, light and decent, let your Countenance shew youare disposed to enjoy it; for neither a sorrowful nor a frowning Countenance, or a drooping Eye ought to aproach the Ball.
and this( which seems to me , to be particulalry apt regarding Darcy's behaviour at the Meryton Assembly)
You may observe that dancing is an universal Good, and adds greatly to the happiness of Society, for the happiness of Society dependson Civillity and learning to dance reaches that kind of Civility in general made Use of; here you may think that dancing infringes on Religion by laying Claim to the cultivating of Civility but let me intimate to you that there are many both Young and Old who have an external Civility that renders them agreeable in Company
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