Thanks for the below! It prompts, however, a follow-up question:
> The modern figure "double triangles" is an aberration of the figure > devised by, and published in the late 18th/early 19th century manuals > of, Thomas Wilson. In Thomas Wilson's manuals the figure Double > Triangles does not begin with the first couple back to back facing own > sides (the figure in bars 1-8 of the reel time portion of Cauld Kail is > the closest I have found to Wilson's original). Our modern figure > appears to have been a figment of Miss Milligan's fertile imagination, > though I am told she indicated that she "found it" in Wilson. Double > triangles as described by Wilson begins with the first couple facing > each other in second place on own sides.
It would seem, however, that the transition from "set and turn
corners" to Wilson's version of double triangles (as opposed to
Miss Milligan's) would still be quite a physical challenge. Not
having to scrunch in back-to-back would seem to make it
marginally easier, but still require quite an extended jete' on bar 32
to get there.
Regarding Cauld Kail, according to the description in Book 9, the
first eight bars of reel time look like simply figures of eight on the
opposite sides - a long way from Miss Milligan's version of double
triangles. Could you possibly be referring to bars 9-16 of reel time
(set to 1st corner, set to partner, set to second corner, turn partner
halfway with both hands in pas de basque)? It's easier for me to
see how that phrase could evolve into the modern double triangles
than bars 1-8.
Oh, well, we stooges are going to have quite a bit of "fun" with this
between now and Summer School! Thanks again for the help; I'm
always fascinated by the history of SCD.