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  • All hands watched her coming on -- the brightly coppered forefoot parting the water like a golden knife, the headsails flapping lazily and emptily at each downward surge, and the towering canvas tiers dipping and courtesying with each stately swing of the sea.

    THE "FRANCIS SPAIGHT"

  • This appeared to Camilla a fortunate moment for making a spirited display of her indifference: she gave her hand to the Major, and, slightly courtesying to Edgar as she passed, was conducted to the carriage of her uncle.

    Camilla

  • “Beg your pardon; pray excuse me, gentlemen all,” said the woman, courtesying to the judge and the Abbe Carlos by turns.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • For you must think, there was no answer to be made to this: So, like a fool, I was ready to cry; and went away courtesying and blushing, I am sure, up to the ears; for, though there was no harm in what he said, yet I did not know how to take it.

    Pamela

  • Miss Rawlins, [courtesying likewise to her,] — you may both hear of me in a happier hour, if such a one fall to my lot — and God bless you both! — struggling with her tears till she sobbed — and away was tripping.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I beg pardon, Madam, [turning to Mrs. Moore, and courtesying,] for the trouble I have given you. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • We all stood up, bowing and courtesying, and could not help it; for she entered with such an air as commanded all our reverence.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Well then, rich Bella! courtesying — that will please you better — and it is due likewise to the hoards you boast of.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Sir! said I, trembling and courtesying (for I had not then sat down again); and put my chair nearer the wretch, and sat down — my face, as I could feel, all in a glow.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Miss Emily. 1 will withdraw, if you please, ma-dam; rising, and courtesying.

    Sir Charles Grandison

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  • I think they are two different things.

    March 16, 2010

  • More commonly spelled curtsying in Modern English.

    March 16, 2010