"The advantage of the ball in the upper classes is, that it brings young people together for a sensible and innocent recreation, and takes them away from the silly, if not bad ones; that it gives them exercise, and that the general effect of the beauty, elegance, and brilliance of a ball is to elevate rather than deprave the mind."
The quote above comes from my favorite discovery, which is a book entitled, "The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook for Ladies and Gentlemen" by an unknown author, originally published in 1872.
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