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rhyme' with zaza, plaza, piazza or
anything else that occurs to you. But
ifyou want to be really Hungarian
you have to calj the new dance the
hot-hot-zaa, with the accent on the.
hot As one New York critics de
scribed it, it makes the tango and the
Maxixe loolr-like -a. chilly day in an
old people's home?'
In one respect the new dance has
a marked advantage over all the
others, even the latest product of
Castle House, the half-and-half.
(You can dance it without a part
ner.) In fact to do so really adds
to the fun. At the Hungarian barn
dances, where the new favorite orig
inated, there are often many more
girls than men. In that event the
wallflower does not have to remain
disconsolately against the wall, but
knots her handkerchief about her
forefinger, making an improvised
mannikin or partner and dances
gaily onto the floor by herself.
Mizzi Hajos is herself a Hungarian
and has danced the .hazazzaa ever
since she can remember. This is
what she has to say about the new
dance which is now being played and
danced in every restaurant and cafe
"The hazazzaa is absurdly simple.
Once having seen it, you can't fail
to learn it and to dance it. The left
hand rests upon the hip, the' arms
akimbo. As the music starts, the
dancer, holding the body rigid, rises
on the balls of the feet and then
drops the heels to the floor in time to
it. As the music grows faster, the
undulation becomes a hop, which is
accompanied by a rhythmic swaying
of the body first to right and left and
then to the front and back.
"At a punctuation of the music the
right foot is lifted from the ground,
held stiffly out from the body, and
the dancer whirls on the left Then,
if dancing with a partner, the two
clasp each other by the shoulders and
a series of sliding steps are taken:
The steps are followed by a series of
short 'stacatto' jumps.
"By the time one has gone that
far, if further dancing is not pre
vented by a spasm of laughter caus
ed by his or her own antics, he be
gins at the beginning and follows the
THE CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
MY BODY VERSUS SOUL
"Having a good time, Margie?"
asked Dick with a grin.
I looked up with a smile and then
realized that I had been eating with
The dinner was very good.
It was the first time Dick and I had
eaten a meal alone together since his
father had been sick.
We had both been more or less
worried at the seriousness of his
father's illness, and his mother's
nervous condition made it very hard
to take' care of her and keep her from
For some unaccountable reason
Dick's mother had taken an unrea
soning dislike to the trained nurse we
had engaged for father, and she in
sisted upon being told of everything
she did for his comfort, and she usu
ally found fault with it
Most of her fault-finding was made,
to me and it "got on my nerves," for
I knew that father was really receiv
ing attention to his wants for the
first time in his life, for, although
Mother Waverly thinks she has been
a very devoted wifeand an unselfish '
mother, she has, on the contrary,
asked for impossible attentions and
allowed her selfishness to stand in
the way of the best interests of her -family.
I write this to you, little book, but
I would not tell it to anyone else, for
in some ways I like Dick's mother
better than I used to, but someway it
seems to me that the "new woman"