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Cabbages And Kings

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CABBAGES and KINGS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Romaine Butterfield Harbour City

1- 8 1s+2s dance R&L
9-16 1s lead down the middle for 3, lead back to top and cast to 2nd place own sides (2s step up 15-16)
17-24 1s turn 1st corners RH and return to 2nd place own side, turn 2nd corners LH and return to 2nd place own side
25-32 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s), and dance LH across with other couple 1s end in 2nd place own side

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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The title of this dance, Cabbages And Kings, comes from The Walrus And The Carpenter - Poem written by Lewis Carroll that appeared in his book Through The Looking-Glass, published in December 1871.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
   "To talk of many things:
Of shoes-and ships-and sealing-wax-
   Of cabbages-and kings-
And why the sea is boiling hot-
   And whether pigs have wings."

In the Doctor Who episode, "Rings of Akhaten", the Doctor mentions "Shoes and ships and sealing-wax and cabbages and kings", when talking about things made by the stars.

A line from the poem was used by O. Henry for the title of his 1904 book Cabbages and Kings.

One of the stories in the 1998 Star Trek collection Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, was named "Of Cabbages And Kings", a line taken from the poem.

The Walrus And The Carpenter Poem - Information Video

The Walrus And The Carpenter
Briny Beach
A Scene From "The Walrus And The Carpenter", By Lewis Carroll, Drawn By Sir John Tenniel In 1871

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