chapter  2
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Cara Tranders’s reveries

The Autobiography of Cara Tranders, Ballet Girl at the Empire Palace of Varieties, 1892–99 (Interspersed with the Voices of Poets, Novelists, Lyricists, Critics and Historians)
ByCara Tranders

This chapter presents an autobiography of Cara Tranders, Ballet Girl at the Empire Palace of Varieties. The professional dancer is looked upon as one who has sadly misapplied talents which might have won reputation in some worthier path of life. People get mixed up, of course, and confuse those 'ladies' of the night who ply their trade in the promenade at the front of the theatre, and ladies of the ballet. The drawings on the covers of the Empire programmes do not look much like people in real life, either. History, being an accredited sub-science, only wants to know the facts. History, if it is to keep on constructing its road into the future, must do so on solid ground … At all costs let people avoid mystery-making and speculation, secrets and idle gossip … and above all, let them not tell stories … let them get back to solid ground.