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      §16. Instances of this kind are so plentiful every where, that if
I add one more, it is only for the pleasant oddness of it. It is of a
young Gentleman, who having learnt to Dance, and that to great
Perfection, there happened to stand an old Trunk in the Room
where he learnt. The Idea of this remarkable piece of Houshold-
stuff, had so mixed it self with the turns and steps of all his Dances,
that though in that Chamber he could Dance excellently well, yet it
was only whilst that Trunk was there, nor could he perform well in
any other place, unless that, or some such other Trunk had its due
position in the Room. If this Story shall be suspected to be dressed
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up with some comical Circumstances, a little beyond precise
Nature; I answer for my self, that I had it some Years since from a
very sober and worthy Man, upon his own knowledge, as I report
it; and I dare say, there are very few inquisitive Persons, who read
this, who have not met with Accounts, if not Examples of this
Nature, that may parallel, or at least justify this.
Locke Hum II, 33, §16, pp. 399-400