September 17, 2012 5:31 PM Subscribe
What is "the German" (dance? Game?) referred to in several Louisa May Alcott books?
posted by xaire to society & culture (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
It is referenced in Rose in Bloom and An Old Fashioned Girl, and possibly Little Women, and seems to occur in the latter half of young adult parties, after dancing. LMA references Rose and Charlie "leading" the German, and also mentions Rose coming home with paper hats, beads and flowers from The German. In OFG, Polly talks about she and the younger boys not knowing it. Google turns up little that is satisfactory (ie, I don't think it's the waltz as that is mentioned separately). I've never see the term referenced elsewhere. Any ideas? This, her reference to a velocipede, and her repeat reference to some story about a girl named Rosamund have always perplexed me.