St. Vitus dance

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Related to St. Vitus dance: rheumatic fever, Huntington's chorea
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Synonyms for St. Vitus dance

chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever

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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.