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In particular, most of the chahut-dancers of the Moulin-Rouge,
I thought both dull places which nothing save their reputation could have recommended, even to those determined young decadents in London who were no prouder of their friendship with Bibi and Verlaine than of their freedom of the French music-halls, and who wrote of them with a pretence of profound knowledge calculated to _épater le bourgeois_ at home, referring by name with easy familiarity to the dancers in the _Quadrille Naturaliste_, as celebrated in its way as Bibi in his, and explaining solemnly the _chahut_ and the
It is as if we saw Melpomene at a grisette ball, dancing the chahut, bold laughter on her pale lips and death in her heart.”
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