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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

St. Vitus’ Dance


a nervous disease, also called chorea. The name St. Vitus’ Dance is connected with the legend according to which, at the chapel of St. Vitus at Zabern (Alsace), invalids recovered completely from spasms that resembled dancing.

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This allows us to take our time examining the chapels, art and sarcophagi of St. Vitus as the crowds press on.
The Czech hero and martyr, St. Vitus, was boiled in oil and then, in case the suggestion needed underlining, drawn and quartered.
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Herman believes for a time he is dying, his grandfather (and the only bald person Herman knows) having told him once that he is bald "because I'm going to die soon"; he refuses to go to school, where ridicule soon gives way to pity, or to wear the wig his parents can barely afford because he sees it as one more humiliating sop thrown him (and further proof his baldness is ugly); he embarks upon a life of crime (rocks through windows, intentionally failed exams, parents blackmailed into buying him things) because he realizes his malady makes him invulnerable to punishment; and he befriends the neighborhood drunk and the woman down the street suffering from St. Vitus Dance because they, too, are local oddities and the butt of jokes.

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