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Written by Robbin
(11/26/2006 5:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another description of the Kempshott ball, penned by JulieW
It seems that dancing partners were important information to be remembered in pocket books and transmitted by letter to your sister since both ladies note them. Since dancing and talking were the means of interacting with gentlemen and possible future husbands and even obtaining some interesting news I am not surprised at the attention they receive from the single ladies and mothers like Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Chute, a married lady also notes her partners. I will do that sometimes over-the-top thing and speculate as to why. I think one reason she probably notes her partners is to help her remember—so she will know to recommend them or not to her peers or younger females. Perhaps it helps her remember each one and how she can fit them into the private society of her home. Perhaps she likes the idea of still receiving many invitations to dance. ;D I suppose there could be other reasons too but I cannot think of them. :D On another note Mrs. Chute seems to have danced with young Powlett who JA avoided—perhaps as a married lady she did not mind wasting time on an uncouth boy. ;D
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