The music of this dance, is the favourite Quadrille air of L'Horatia—The dance commences with the English figure of right and left all around. Each gentleman then performs the balancez to his partner and turns her round with both hands. The ladies take hands all round; then follows the demi promenade à quatre, and the figure finishes with half right and left, after an open chassez by each couple.*
I'm not sure what half of this means. I did look up the French words. I know they're dance terms, which probably means the French translations aren't entirely accurate. (Plus I used Bing Translator which isn't very accurate either.) Either way, here's what I discovered:
balancez = swing
demi promenade à quatre = a half walk to four
chassez = hunt; chase
If any of my lovely readers are better acquainted with Regency dances, and my translations are way off, please let us know. I would appreciate it and I know my other readers would too. Thank you! ♥
*Taken verbatim from La Belle Assemblée, July 1820, p. 273. Get the Google e-book HERE.
Now playing in Jaimey's head: ♫♪ Skeeter Davis ~ The End of the World ♪♫
"Bleaching is the art by which those manufactures, which have vegetable substances for their raw material, are freed from the colouring matter with which such substances are naturally combined, or accidentally stained; and the pure vegetable fibre, deprived of these coloured matters, is left to reflect the different rays of light in due proportion, so as to appear white."*
It goes on to list the various chemicals they used and includes a pretty detailed step-by-step process. Towards the very end, the author talks about the illustration in particular:
"The plate represents the bleaching of cloth, as it is now sometimes practised, by pouring water upon it, as it lies exposed in the bleaching-ground, to whiten, by the united operations of the sun, the air, and moisture, the cloths having previously passed through proper alkaline leys: this is called the old method of bleaching, the new is by the more expeditious process of oxymuriatic acid, &c."*
Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely week! ♥
*Taken verbatim from The Book of English Trades (1818), p. 23-28. You can find the free Google e-book HERE.
Within ames ace; nearly, very near.
A married man that keeps a mistress, whom he only visits at night, for fear of discovery.
One that lurks about to rob hen-roosts; also a listener at doors and windows, to hear private conversation.*
*Taken verbatim from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Get your free Kindle copy HERE.
Gertrude has made her debut on Amazon! That's right, my lovelies! Gertrude's Grace is officially up on Amazon and eager for readers. :)
This is my baby, my precious. I've never tried writing humor before and maybe I never will again, so this is a special story, even though it's a short one.
That said, I hope you'll give Gertrude a chance. She's eager to meet you. All of you. ;)
Here's the back cover blurb:
Ladies know how to behave in Society. Ladies never put a foot wrong, never say an inappropriate word, and never cause their parents a moment of distress. Ladies can overcome any embarrassment with grace and poise.
….and then there's Gertrude.
Gertrude struggles in the bright light of Society, trying to keep her poise and not embarrass her adoring mother. But when she falls for the most eligible bachelor the Season has to offer, she literally falls.
Lord Chatterton survives Lady Gertrude's onslaught with dignity. While Society mocks her from the sidelines, Chatterton isn't laughing. He's falling, too. For Gertrude.
My former author blog still exists and has a lot of Regency related posts, as well as story excerpts. Click HERE to check it out.
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I am . . .
♥ My Lady Coward
♥ Entangled (Spellbound)
♥ Forgotten, and other Heartless tales
Sable's Morbidly Dark Regency World:
• Crossing the Channel*
• Unwilling Protector*
• Assassin's Keeper
• The Dragon's Birth
• The Fold
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