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THE PLASTIC ART                      85
You do not imagine that the same effect would be produced by simply throwing back the head and making a gesture as if snatching a drink.
The two following illustrations refer to another song which you know already, La Ligende de St. Nicolas, and particularly to the words with which the butcher invites the Httle children to enter his house where later he kills them.
Entrez, entrez, petits enfants, Y a d'la place assurement.
The first is taken to show especially the wrong attitude of the body. Compare them and you yourself will find the difference. The limbs and feet are too near each other, the gesture of the arm too narrow, too small (8).
The second illustration shows the right atti­tude of the body. The plasticity is broad, the gesture of the arm is large, it means "wel­come." You see how the costume will be draped around the long line formed by the leg (9).
I will terminate these illustrations by a reference to the song Le Voyage de Joseph et Marie A Bethleem, the words of which I gave in the second of my lectures.
The three following illustrations show three








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