Cuckolds All a Row

Wed, 13 Sep 2017, 15:09
Historical sources
Set formation
Part 1
A1, A2 (8) Meet a double and back twice
B1 (8) Turn on the spot over left shoulder in a double to face away from your contrary, then turn back over your right shoulder (4)
Back to back right shoulder, finish facing your partner(4)
B2 (8) Turn on the spot over right shoulder in a double to face away from your partner, then back over(4)
Back to back left shoulders(4)
Part 2
A1, A2 (8) Side right partner, side left contrary
B1 (8) Men change change places right shoulder (2)
Women the same (2)
Circle left halfway (4)
B2 (8) Women change change places left shoulder (2)
Men the same (2)
Circle right halfway (4)
Part 3
A1, A2 (8) Partners arm R; opposites arm L.
B1 (8) Two hands to opposites: half pousette, men pushing (4)
Men cast into partners' places and back while women follow (taking the path of a gypsy right with partner) (4)
B2 (8) Two hands to opposites again, half pousette home, men pushing again (4)
Men cast into partners' places (over the left shoulder this time) while partners follow (4)

This builds upon the Spanish Gypsy in its interpretation of the first figure.

In the first figure, which way do you turn away from your contrary? I assume left, because figures generally start on the left. I'm then going for symmetry and turning the other way for the second half of the figure; this is partly because of the level of symmetry in the second figure.

In the second figure, the second circle is to the right. This figure is also in Lovelace, which says: the 2 men shall change places, the woemen also allmost at the same time, then joyne all hands, and goe round, till you come to your places, then the woemen shall crosse over first; and then the men and joyne hands like before, and turne round the other way till you come to your places. Having made that decision, it flows far better if the shoulders used to change places are also swapped, since a left shoulder cross for the men flows far better into a circle right.

I'm having the circles go halfway.  Playford is ambiguous; Lovelace says and goe round, till you come to your places – if that's original places, rather than where the circle was started then it's only a circle halfway. Going just halfway makes a lot of sense; corners have just changed places, so a circle gets you home. It also gives more time to change body direction for the women's left shoulder cross coming up.  My mind's not made up on this however.

Looks like I ended up with pretty much the same version as Dafydd.