The French contredanse was borrowed from the English country-dance.
"Amidst more youthful engagements, don't forget you are engaged to me for a contredanse," she said.
Contredanse is the French original, and means that the parties stand opposite to each other.
Flocks of old gulls, enormous as hens, fluttered with evolutions like a contredanse upon its glossy surface.
The contredanse represented was originally the old country dance exported to France and returned with certain arrangements added.