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84                    CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC
to be danced when the performers were drunk, and jumped about, with uncouth irregular leaps to the music of the flute.
Luciau also gives a specimen of the raillery of the people, when the dancer was not suited to the part: when a small person undertook to act Hector, they would call out, " we want Hector, not Asty-anax." To a fat dancer, on making a leap they called "be careful, you'll break the stage;" and to a lean, sickly looking dancer they cried "go home, and nurse yourself, never mind dancing." Such little remarks are notunsuited to the gamins of the New York or London theatres.
We have dwelt rather long upon Greek Music, Theatre Chorus, and Dancing, but the subject has more than usual interest, as in the Greek art, of all descriptions, we find the seeds from whence has sprung our own.

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