For all the Regency novel lovers

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A tidbit from today’s Writer’s Almanac:

On this day in 1812 the waltz was introduced at Almack’s dance hall in London. It was the first closed-couple dance the English aristocracy had ever seen. Men and women embraced one another as they were dancing, and the men lifted the women over their thighs as the couples turned. Critics called it “disgusting.”

As the neighborhood children say, “Ooh la la!”

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