Obviously this is not the only quote concerning the satirically portrayed
dancing needs or otherwise of a nation.
I am fond of this one, from 'Emma' by Jane Austen;
It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been
known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being
at any ball of any description and no material injury accrue to either body
or mind;- but when a beginning is made - when the felicites of rapid motion
have once been, though slightly, felt - it must be a very heavy set that
does not ask for more.
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