Posted by Cheryl on March 10, 1998 at 11:25:42:
I was very interested in the reference to dance in chapter 5 as a liberating activity. I knew how important dance was to courtship, it being one of the few ways men and women could converse privately and relatively unchaperoned (if you don't mind the other 50 people dancing around you!) But I hadn't thought before about it being an acceptable way for women to get the physical release of an adrenalin rush.
Dancing like this, continuous and unrestrained, was a liberaing pleasure, a permitted high in women's lives... It was something women understood among themselves; for Eliza, tormented by anxiety over her baby son, it must have been a heavenly release to dance. (p. 55)
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