On wearing a sword at a dance:
As we approached the doorway, the colonel was on the point of refusing, saying that he had forgotten how to dance; none the less, smiling and reaching with his right arm for his left side, he drew his sword from its scabbard, gave it to an obliging young man and, putting a suede glove on his right hand - "Everything according to regulations," he said, smiling - led his daughter out on to the dance floor, made a quarterturn and waited for the mazurka tempo to begin.
Leo Tolstoy: After the ball, in: The Kreutzer Sonata and other stories, translated by David McDuff; Penguin books, ISBN 0-14-044469-6.
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