A to Z Challenge – Q (AC)

A to Z Challenge

For the challenge, I’m focusing on the A to Z of reading and writing romance novels. This series of posts will contain Adult Content – though not really in this post. So, if you’re really young or don’t enjoy dirty things, just don’t read it. No harm, no foul. Otherwise…enjoy. 🙂

imageQ is for the Quadrille

If you’ve read a couple of historical romance novels, chances are (in at least one of them), the heroine attended a dance.  Apparently, that’s all they did back in the day – attend dances and with any luck, the heroine would get backed into a dark corner or empty balcony by a handsome duke. 😉

Anyway, at these dances, people were expected to, well dance – and they were complex dances with crazy steps and often involved changing partners.  Thankfully, dancing has become much less complicated – swaying your hips and grinding on someone seems much less complicated than the waltz or, my q word for the day, the quadrille.

What is the quadrille, you ask?  Essentially, it’s a plot devise used by historical romance authors to allow:
-the hero and heroine to touch briefly while dancing (gasp! so scandalous back in the day!)
-the heroine’s heart to beat frantically due to her close proximity to the hero (ohh, he’s so much taller and muscular than we thought!  Be still, my beating heart!)
-our two main characters to lock eyes from across the room, possibly while dancing with other people (grrr, jealousy!)
-our hero to enjoy the feeling of his hand on the heroine’s waist or to ogle her boobs up close (naughty, hero!) 😉

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4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – Q (AC)”

  1. I was wondering what you’d use for Q – good one – and I liked how you mentioned the purpose of the dancing They could show booobs in those days but not ankles lol

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