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1. Codes of behaviour at Regency balls were exacting. If a woman turned down one request for a dance, she was obliged to refrain from dancing for the whole evening. In "Pride and Prejudice", Elizabeth Bennet was forced to dance two dances, which she called "dances of humiliation", in order to avoid such a fate.
Who was her unwelcome partner?
2. Still in "Pride and Prejudice", at the Meryton Assembly Ball, the future relationship between Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley is firmly established, even if they do not know it themselves. Mrs Bennet is hopeful.
Which two ladies are horrified?
3. The first volume of "Pride and Prejudice" is structured around a series of three balls. At the assembly ball Mr Darcy describes Elizabeth as "tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me". He then offers himself as her dance partner at Lucas Lodge and is turned down.
Where is the ball held at which he dances with Elizabeth for the first time?
4. All Austen's heroines, except Elinor Dashwood, dance with the men they love, and all of them have their feelings confirmed by dancing.
What is the occasion of the ball at which Fanny and Edmund dance together in "Mansfield Park"?
5. The drama of Austen's fiction is shaped around the protocol of the ball. A man can only ask a woman to dance if he has been formally introduced to her. In "Northanger Abbey" a certain young man asks the Master of Ceremonies, in the Assembly rooms in Bath, to introduce him to Catherine Morland.
Who is this eligible young bachelor?
6. In "Sense and Sensibility", after apparently being deserted by Willoughby, Marianne is rejected by him at a ball. At the ball it is revealed that Mr. Willoughby is now engaged to a fashionable young woman who has a fortune of £50,000.
What is her name?
7. In "Emma" where does Emma first dance with Mr Knightley?
8. In "Persuasion" what is the name of Anne Elliot's lost love?
9. "I consider a country-dance as an emblem of marriage. Fidelity and
complaisance are the principal duties of both; and those men who do not chuse
to dance or marry themselves, have no business with the partners or wives of
Who said this and in which book?
10. Which couple in "Sense and Sensibility" break the unwritten code of dancing behaviour?
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