So in all the delights of the world almost

Le maistre a danser, 18th c. engraving. Via NYPL Digital Collection

A gentleman never dances so well as the dancing master, and an ordinary fiddler makes better musique for a shilling than a gentleman will do after spending forty, and so in all the delights of the world almost.

–The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Weds. 27 January 1663/64


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