> Most Scottish country > dances (until fairly recently) are triple minor in form, that is they involve > three couples in dancing each turn of the dance. It is easily seen, > therefore, that even if danced "Longways for as many as will" (Triple minor), > the working couple(s) will have to go to the bottom when there is only one > couple below them.
In English country dancing, which is still done 'longways for as many as
will,' the first couple dance with the couple below them and a 'ghost'
couple, adjusting the figures so that they end below the other couple by
the end of that round.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US