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DANCE

Twain on the dance floor
Illustration by True Williams from
first edition of ROUGHING IT
I was exceedingly delighted with the waltz, and also with the polka. These differ in name, but there the difference ceases--the dances are precisely the same. You have only to spin around with frightful velocity and steer clear of the furniture. This has a charming and bewildering effect. You catch glimpses of a confused and whirling multitude of people, and above them a row of distracted fiddlers extending entirely around the room. The waltz and the polka are very exhilarating--to use a mild term--amazingly exhilarating.
- Territorial Enterprise, Letter 12/12/1862

Mark Twain lounge
Photo of Mark Twain lounge, Sacramento, California by Dave Thomson


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