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Written by Line
(9/1/2003 8:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Confusing behaviour, penned by Ingrid Linnéa
] In the country, an unpremeditated dance was very allowable; but in London, where the reputation of elegance was more important and less easily attained, it was risking too much, for the gratification of a few girls, to have it known that Lady Middleton had given a small dance of eight or nine couple, with two violins, and a mere side-board collation.
] Haven´t got a clue if it would have been socially acceptable to do such a thing, but after all several chaperones were there.
... her reputation for *propriety* that Lady Middleton is worried about, but her reputation for elegance. 8 or 9 couples, 2 violins and refreshments on the side-board (rather than something more extensive) is just too casual and small-scale for London, in Lady M's opinion. What if the people she wants to impress were to hear about it?!?
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