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"Hipp, hipp, hurrah!" by Peder Severin Krøyer, 1888

At the party minds and voices swirl to the momentum of small semi-autonomous gatherings as people respond in body to one another’s stories. Some taken with the absurdity of a joke’s end allow their smile to release into cacophonous laughter, while others who have heard something terrible console with a sympathetic brow. The party is having its effect. People are expressing and listening to those who express. Beverage is being drained and food has settled the tummies. All is good.

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