=PUBLIC BALLS= A public ball is a ball given for a benefit or charity.
"'This ball of gold is my sole material wealth; it can be of no interest to a FAKIR.
The ball was now a settled thing, and before the evening a proclaimed thing to all whom it concerned.
The ball of quills might have been a stone for all it moved; the lynx might have been frozen to marble; and old One Eye might have been dead.
A dinner may be lavish, a dance may be beautiful, but a ball alone is prodigal, meaning, of course, a private ball of greatest importance.
But Miss Price had not been brought up to the trade of coming out; and had she known in what light this ball was, in general, considered respecting her, it would very much have lessened her comfort by increasing the fears she already had of doing wrong and being looked at.
"Young Cain Ball is a very good lad."
The Balls were always a very excitable family.
=A BALL IS NOT A DANCING SCHOOL= Since a girl may not without rudeness refuse to dance with a man who "cuts in," a man who does not know how to dance is inexcusably inconsiderate if he "cuts in" on a good dancer and compels a young girl to become instructress for his own pleasure with utter disregard of hers.
Snobbish as it sounds and is, a brilliant ball is necessarily a collection of brilliantly fashionable people, and the hostess who gathers in all the oddly assorted frumps on the outskirts of society cannot expect to achieve a very distinguished result.
This ball was an exceptional affair, given some time before Shrovetide, in honor of the anniversary of the birth of a famous draftsman; and it was expected to be much gayer, noisier, more Bohemian than the ordinary masked ball.