One day in the nursery room, Princess Pirouette and her playmates (of whom there were usually five boys and four other girls) a dance master came to teach the children their first steps. Their nursery school teacher, Lady Marguerite acted as the master’s partner. To the strains of a small orchestra that included two violins, a flute, a trumpet and a tabor, the children watched in silence as the pair moved their feet in time to the music.
To Pirouette, their motions seemed strange, yet intriguing. An earnest student, the little Princess did her best to concentrate on the dancers. While the other children began to whisper and giggle amongst themselves, Pirouette ignored them so that she could memorize the choreography. Suddenly something weird occurred that puzzled all of the children. The dance master seized Lady Marguerite around the waist and lifted her into the air.
“Ooh!” She shrieked. “Put me down, Pierre! Put me down!”
Pirouette wasn’t sure, but it looked to her as if the man had squeezed Lady Marguerite’s rump. Once on the ground, the teacher tried to slap him on the cheek, but he grabbed her wrist. “There will be no mosquito bites today!”