Professor Maghinni |1inserts leg on toepoint of which spins his silk hat. With a deft jerk he sends it to his crown and, sidewise hatted, &1| parts the curtains and presents himself. He wears a slate caftan frockcoat with |1claret car vermillion1| silk lapels, |1|xgorget of cream tullex|1| a green lowcut waistcoat, stock collar with black white kerchief tie, tight lavender trousers, patent pumps, canary gloves. In his buttonhole he has an immense |1white blue1| dahlia, in his left eye a flashing eyeglass. He places his hand lightly on his chest and bows. Then minuets |1forward in advance1| three paces.
|1(murmurs) The poetry of motion is the art of calisthenics. |aNo connection with |bMadameb| Legget Byrne or Levinstone's dancing academy. Fancy dress balls arranged.a| |xThe Katty Lanner step deportment |a|btradition schoolb|a|x| So. Watch me. |aBreathe evenly |xmy terpsichorean abilitiesx|a| |aTo |btune hot refrainb| of My Girl'sa| The light fantastic1| |1|x(on tripping bees' feet)x|1| |1|x(claps hands)x|1| Tout le monde en avant. Réverence. Tout le monde en place.
May I touch your?
Yes, quite lightly1|
Behind the |1|xswaying drawnx|1| curtains Ponchielli's dance sounds, damped. |1|aFrom the corner From the northa| From the south1| The morning hours run out |1|agirlish, waspwaisted,a| with skipping ropes |abin their innocent hands |bdecked outb| with May flowersa|1|, goldhaired, slimsandalled, in robes of blue. The hours of noon follows, in amber gold. |1|xlifting arms,x| They catch the dancing sun in metal mirrors. |alaughing mouthed, their high haircombs flashinga|1|
The evening hours |1run advance |ain |bminuet stepb|a|1| out, dispersed, lagging: |1languideyed, their cheeks delicate with cipria powder & false |afainta| bloom1| They are in grey gauze with darker bat sleeves.
The night hours |1stand |astep steala|, one by one,1| to the last place. They are in black, masked, with daggered hair. Each has a bracelet of dull bells. |1Fatigued, they curchycurchy |aunder veilsa|.1|
Arabesquing, they weave a pattern on the floor, curtseying, twirling, simply swirling, twining, receding, with interchanging hands, linked each to each, with arching arms, a mosaic of their movements.
They leap forward, interchanging1| They |1The All1| veils fall, floating, fall.