Most English talk is a quadrille in a sentry box.
The last level of metaphor in the Alice books is this: that life, viewed rationally and without illusion, appears to be a nonsense tale told by an idiot mathematician. At the heart of things science finds only a mad, never-ending quadrille of Mock Turtle Waves and Gryphon Particles. For a moment the waves and particles dance in grotesque, inconceivably complex patterns capable of reflecting on their own absurdity.martin gardner
We granted certiorari, and in this Court the parties changed positions as nimbly as if dancing a quadrille.robert h. jackson