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Posted by Cassia on November 06, 1997 at 17:32:53:
I ran across an old book called: The English Women:In Life and Letters by M Phillips and W S Tompkins (Oxford University Press 1926) and on page 106 I found Beau Nash, the famous Bath Master of Ceromonies, Rules for A Ball.
- That ladies coming to thae ball appoint a time for their footmaen coming to wait on them home, to prevent disturbances and inconvenience to themselves and others.
- That no gentlmen give his ticket for the ball to any but a gentlewoman. Unless he has none of his acquaitence.
- That gentlemaen crowding before ladies at the balls show ill manners, and that none do so for the future except such as respect nobody but themselves.
- That elder ladies and children be content with a second bench at teh ball, as being past or not come to perfection.
- That younger ladies take notice how many eyes observe them.
Many of Nash's rules still seem to be good ones. Too bad nobody told the younger Bennet girls number 5.
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