“Waltz-Porn” / Memorable Fancies #2087

[An except from Social Abominations, or The Follies of Modern Society (1895):]

“The conditions of the ball-room, with its gay company, its elegant robes, its exciting music, and whirling movements are calculated to arouse to its highest pitch every sense of the body, and as the circling of the waltz proceeds, as hand clasps hand, arm encircles waist, the hot breath of each reaches the other, heart beats to heart, and eye responds to eye, as they move onward in the giddy and exciting maze, under the stirring notes of the music and sometimes the exhilarations of the wine cup, the dancers are, to say the least, not under the holiest possible moral influences, and soon, getting beyond their own best judgment, some at least will go whirling on in the ‘dance of death.’ Does any one grow indignant at the picture? I leave it to the consciousness of any good waltzers if it might not have been drawn in stronger colors. Why is it true that in these dances husbands are so rarely the partners of their wives, brothers with their sisters, or fathers with their daughters?”

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