Gavottes, shawl dances, and all of that kind, are intended merely to exhibit the figure in as many attitudes as possible. They have no character, and say nothing, except, Look! how graceful I am! The minuet is conjugal; but the wedlock is chivalric. Even so would Amadis wind slow, stately, calm, through the mazes of life, with Oriana, when he had made obeisances enough to win her for a partner. English, German, Swiss, French, and Spanish dances all express the same things, though in very different ways. Love and its life are still the theme. In the English country dance, the pair who have chosen one another, submit decorously to the restraints of courtship and frequent separations, cross hands,
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