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    The halitosis dance

    Dancing is practiced in order to see whether lovers are healthy and suitable for one another; at the end of the dance the gentleman is permitted to kiss his mistress, in order that he may ascertain if she has agreeable breath. In this manner… dancing becomes necessary for the good of society. Thoinot Arbeau (1520-1595), French priest and author who wrote under the pseudonym Jean Tabournet. La Gaillarde (1589).

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