NO ONE LOOKS RIDICULOUS DANCING A QUADRILLE: a found poem

A sort of galop is allowed
in the rapid figures.

The young, old, stout, thin, lazy, active,
maimed or single, without loss of caste,

can dance a quadrille.  It makes
a break in a tete-a-tete conversation,

and enables a gentleman to be polite
to a lady who may not be a good dancer

for waltz or polka.  A defiant manner
assumed by a bashful man is out

of place, although there are certain
figures which make a man feel

rather defiant.  One of these
is where he is obliged as cavalier seul

to advance to three ladies
who frequently laugh at him.
 

~found in Manners and Social Usages,
by Mrs. John Sherwood (author of “A Transplanted Rose”)
1884, revised in 1897

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