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Dancing in ambiguity

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Oscar Wilde never laid out specific steps for Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils. When the playwright developed the biblical story into one of a scorned femme fatale — in which Salome, stepdaughter of a king, has her former lover, John the Baptist, beheaded — he just sent her to perform the climactic dance before her stepfather and mother, and then to lift John's severed head for a kiss.

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