Category Archives: Balls

A time for everything

“My dear Catherine, I am afraid you are growing quite a fine lady. . . . Your head runs too much upon Bath; but there is a time for everything — a time for balls and plays, and a time … Continue reading


Filed under Balls, Bath, Catherine Morland, Contentment (or not), Mrs. Morland, Northanger Abbey

How to be particular

“Mr. H. began with Elizabeth, and afterwards danced with her again; but they do not know how to be particular.  I flatter myself, however, that they will profit by the three successive lessons which I have given them.” letter to … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Jane Austen's love interests, Letters, Neighbors, Tom Lefroy

More fun in the Upper Rooms

“Mrs Badcock & two young Women were of the same party, except when Mrs Badcock thought herself obliged to leave them, to run round the room after her drunken Husband.–His avoidance, & her pursuit, with the probable intoxication of both, … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Drink, Humor, Letters, Neighbors

Eye at an Adultress

“I am proud to say that I have a very good eye at an Adultress, for tho’ repeatedly assured that another in the same party was the She, I fixed upon the right one from the first. . . . … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Beauty, Letters, Morality

The power of refusal

“Man has the advantage of choice, woman only the power of refusal.” Henry Tilney, comparing dancing and marriage Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 10

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Filed under Balls, Henry Tilney, Marriage, Northanger Abbey

A scarcity of men

“There was a scarcity of Men in general, & a still greater scarcity of any that were good for much.” letter to Cassandra, about a ball two evenings prior November 1, 1800 [24]

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Filed under Balls, Letters, Men

A very pleasant evening

“Our ball was chiefly made up of Jervoises and Terrys, the former of whom were apt to be vulgar, the latter to be noisy. . . . I had a very pleasant evening, however, though you will probably find out … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Happiness, Letters, Neighbors

He’s just not that into you…

“I do not think I was very much in request–.People were rather apt not to ask me till they could not help it;–One’s consequence you know varies so much at times without any particular reason–.  There was one Gentleman, an … Continue reading

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Filed under Balls, Letters, Men, Popularity

A good ball

“There were more Dancers than the Room could conveniently hold, which is enough to constitute a good Ball at any time.” letter to Cassandra January 9, 1799 [17]

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I could have danced all night

“There were twenty Dances & I danced them all, & without any fatigue. . . . I fancy I could just as well dance for a week together as for half an hour.” letter to Cassandra December 24, 1798 [15]

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