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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
Jun 12, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it
Mansfield's prose in "Her First Ball" dances and sparkles, all the while investigating every feeling of her subject without missing a beat and without an imperfect note.
Aug 12, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Mansfield was an author best known for her short stories about ordinary people, which often ask difficult questions. If you have never read anything by her before, this is one of a new series of single stories by her, which offer a great taster of her style and work.

Her First Ball was written in 1921. The story revolves around eighteen year old Leila, the ‘little country cousin,’ who attends her first ever ball with a feeling of great expectation and excitement. Leila is an only child
Arushi Bhaskar
Oct 14, 2013 Arushi Bhaskar rated it liked it
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
Feb 20, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
very cute story, i enjoied it and loved leila's character
Marc Gerstein
Sep 18, 2016 Marc Gerstein rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
A little gem of a story: A country girl attends her first ball as she accompanies her townie cousins. There themes explored here are simple; wide-eyed innocence and excitement regarding a new experience juxtaposed against staleness and cynicism. It’s about as simple as one can get. But the artful way in which it is told is an example of the short story at its best.
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Dec 28, 2014 Fiona Bentley-reber rated it really liked it
A simple story comes to life through great imagery.
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I think way to much is read into this story, but hey. It wasn't bad.
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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
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