Her First Ball
Katherine Mansfield
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Her First Ball

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A young woman nervously goes to her first ball with her cousins. She had not previously gone to a ball due to living deep in the country, and she goes to the ball with her cousins due to lacking any siblings of her own.
Published 1921
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Young Leila, an only child, living in the country, goes to her first ball with her cousins. She's at that age where women do not read much, unless they are ugly in which case they read a lot but are not invited to balls. So women who review this would either go reminiscing ("I remember when I had my first dance at...") or experience vicariously the youthful innocence and thrill of such experience ("so that was how it must have felt had I been to a ball.."). Me, I'm not a girl and I had not had a...more
very cute story, i enjoied it and loved leila's character
Arushi Bhaskar
A curious little story about, well, a girl's first ball. As a result of living deep in the country, Leila has never been to a ball. Expectedly, she is tremendously excited about attending one at last, although she tries very hard to be nonchalant. The climax of the story was a little too sudden and short, and I would have liked to read more about Leila's thoughts at that moment. The last paragraph, however, was a treat, revealing several things about the society of that time.

A well-written, if a...more
Alice Lovegood
This kinda reminds me of when I went to Homecoming Dance in Freshman Year. I didn't have a date and I wanted to imagine those who did. I knew high school wouldn't last forever... so I enjoyed that night as well as I could
But hmm... also reminds me of a camp dance in 4th grade. That was very Cinderella-ish... probably cause I was a hopeless romantic child.
I wish guys knew how to dance now.
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Kathleen Mansfield Murry was a prominent New Zealand modernist writer of short fiction who wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield.

Katherine Mansfield is widely considered one of the best short story writers of her period. A number of her works, including "Miss Brill", "Prelude", "The Garden Party", "The Doll's House", and later works such as "The Fly", are frequently collected in short st...more
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