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    dance attendance on somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Don’t you think for one moment that I don’t know of Berenice Fleming here in New York, and how you’re dancing attendance on her. (Th. Dreiser, “The Titan”)

    But the girls had to have young men to take them to dances, picnics or shows, so occasionally he favored steadily, good-looking youths who wanted to dance attention on Kitty or Tessa, take them out. (K. S. Prichard, “Working Bullocks”)

    dance attendance on somebody = pay court to, run after, pay one’s addresses to

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.
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    dance attendance on somebody - 2

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    …I had thought!
    They had parted so much honey among them
    At least good manners as not thus to suffer
    A man of his place , and so near our favor,
    To dance attendance on their lordships’ pleasures
    And at the door too like a post with packets. (Shakespeare, “King Henry VIII”)

    dance attendance on somebody = fawn on, truckle to

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: dance attendance on somebody - 2

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    …I had thought!
    They had parted so much honey among them
    At least good manners as not thus to suffer
    A man of his place , and so near our favor,
    To dance attendance on their lordships’ pleasures
    And at the door too like a post with packets. (Shakespeare, “King Henry VIII”)

    dance attendance on somebody = fawn on, truckle to

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    There are a couple of meanings:

    Dance attendance on
    Definition of dance attendance on sb from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    dance attendance on - dance attendance on idioms and phrases

    The last one gives an explanation for the different meanings.

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    Re: dance attendance on somebody - 2

    Here is an old post of your humble servant where you may make yourself familiar with my views concerning the other interpretation of the expression in question:

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    Don’t you think for one moment that I don’t know of Berenice Fleming here in New York, and how you’re dancing attendance on her. (Th. Dreiser, “The Titan”)

    But the girls had to have young men to take them to dances, picnics or shows, so occasionally he favored steadily, good-looking youths who wanted to dance attention on Kitty or Tessa, take them out. (K. S. Prichard, “Working Bullocks”)

    dance attendance on somebody = pay court to, run after, pay one’s addresses to

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: dance attendance on somebody - 2

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Here is an old post of your humble servant where you may make yourself familiar with my views concerning the other interpretation of the expression in question:
    Could you use Modern English? I am having trouble understanding what it is that you want to convey.

    What?

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    Re: dance attendance on somebody - 2

    Your humble servant, or Your obedient servant, phrases of civility formerly often used in closing a letter, now archaic; -- at one time such phrases were exaggerated to include Your most humble, most obedient servant.

    in question = under consideration, referring to the subject being discussed

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    Re: dance attendance on somebody - 2

    What??

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