Saturday, May 07, 2011

A Plastron Ripper

A novel from the Victorian era, which featured a lady fencer accomplished in the parries of quarte, tierce, and flirt. And how did the mid-19th century perceive the female foilist?

"Never had Muriel appeared more fascinating than in this attire which showed full perfection of a form straight supple tall and strong every rounded outline was elegance and whose free was harmonized in grace and beauty."
--From Harrington: A Story of True Love by William Douglas O'Conner, p.232

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