ANNA KARENIN Leo Tolstoy . The ball scene.
“The ball had just begun when Kitty and her mother stepped on to the central staircase, which was bathed in light and embellished with flowers and powdered footmen in red livery. From the interior came a steady rustle of movement which filled the rooms like bees buzzing in a hive, and while they adjusted their hair in front on a mirror between the potted plants on the landing, the delicately clear sounds of the violins in the orchestra could be heard striking up the first waltz in the ballroom.”
Shey. As Silv just said there –sorry, just let me let go of her paws–I am on my 8th book and when that’s done there will have been a ball, or dance scene in six of them. I was uncertain re this latest one whether the ball would actually take place but on reflection, I am big on what ball scenes in books can offer. You can blame the scene in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenin for that. It’s not only a case in point being the first time Vronsky and Anna really eye each other up, leaving Kitty standing. The lavish description of the ball, of Kitty descending the staircase, full of starry eyed hope was like a beacon to me when I read that book. An eternity ago now but even now, I can remember it. Before that, talking balls? Well, there was Cinderella. I used the idea of Cinderella shamelessly in Splendor. The second ball scene –yes there’s two– is the big pivotal moment where she finds out the whole truth about the hero and runs, realising there’s things she can’t manage—managing things being her biggest strength and greatest flaw– and things she can’t lay on him either, leaving her glove on the stairs. Of course I thought the shoe might be a bit much, as would hamsters pulling the coach.
I’m sure you were asked but you fell under the wheels and that is why you are crushed. Sadly.
A ball also gave scope for when he loses her in a complicated dance set, mirrorring the maze of hopelessness he then lives in for months, and the contrast between this glittering world and the one facing her, if she doesn’t ‘manage’ this evening and that of her ex fiance, now begging in the gutter outside.
But the first ball scene was ideal for the hero really noticing what’s been under his nose and that’s her, as opposed to the awkward, clumsy, accident-prone, woman who has faced him as a man across a pair of duelling pistols and a chessboard. From the liveried footmen to the shining chandeliers, balls are such glittering occasions, all kinds of magic can be at work. Especially when neither partner can dance and they don’t want anyone knowing either.
I dunno dudes, you tell me. In the Viking and the Courtesan, Malice decides to confront her husband in a similar glittering scenario, after he’s set the law on her for services unrendered re a little biz she runs– a move that backfires spectacularly when, having failed to recognise her, he then kidnaps her at fork and knife-hurriedly-nicked-from-the-kitchen-point, after she tries to insist that the pillow she’s stuffed up her skirt is far more than that; all to the tune of a Mozart minuet.
‘Since you were low enough to ask us, naturally we were low enough to come.’
Miitchell Killgower cuts his’ ball’-breaking ex sister-in-law and aunt by marriage, short at the start of the ball scene in the Writer and the Rake. A ball she’s thrown in the middle of a bitter inheritance dispute, in order to expose the fact his ‘wife’ in his sham marriage has been missing presumed vanished off the face of the earth for weeks. It’s another pivotal moment where the heroine discovers that Morte, a man roughly five years older than herself is in fact her ten times great grandson and aged a thousand, and has her revolting feet admired by Francis Dashwood,—the actual founder of the Hellfire Club. Balls are also a great place to introduce real historical figures.
Again, neither hero nor heroine can dance, except the latter on a 21st century nightclub floor. But they’ve had a lot of fun learning–a good chance to sort of get together–with the help of Mitchell’s polar opposite teenage son, who he’s finally liking. Alas, all before Brittany learns from Morte, exactly what she’s doing wrong about getting back to her time. Sob, sob as the dudes would say.
Nor do balls have to be grand society affairs as in these three books. In Loving Lady Lazuli the fact the ball was set in Assembly Rooms in a small town, and held for everyone regardless of class, on Christmas Eve, was a good excuse to delve into a more rustic affair, with children jigging on the upstairs landing and farmer’s wives unpacking pot luck suppers. And the perfect scenario
for the heroine to go for broke with an I am Spartacus moment about who she really is. Or rather an ‘I am Sapphire,’ after she’s gone round nicking every thing she can lay her hands on and dump it on the floor, because the hero intends betraying her so what does it matter? It’s also the perfect scenario for him to show exactly the man he really is and finally admit his feelings for her.
There’s no grand ball in His Judas Bride either. Not in the wilds of Scotland at that time. There’s a supper party/ dance, where the heroine learns that her drunken, womanising, horror of a husband-to-be may have other sides to him–he’s an ‘awfie guid cook, when he lays aff the nips’ apparently. But there’s still no way she can marry him, after he insists not just on dancing with her but in her showing off the fine dancing skills she’s allegedly learnt in ‘Edinboro.’ With the emphasis on the word ‘allegedly’ and every step of what she’s making up, under the nose of her betrothed’s brother, a man nothing gets past, reminding her of the abuse she suffered for years in a prison cell, she also learns it’s time to run, as in ‘now’,
thus setting up the rest of the book.
SO yes, after much debate the current WIP does have a ball scene. Why the uncertainty? Well, that it’s being held in an abandoned house, by two people on the run and even the food on the guests’ plates is of course
nicked and not a bowl matches a plate, should be answer enough. Also I didn’t want to go for another world crashing in ruins ball scene. But equally, if a world is going to crash…….
, where better to let it fall than on a ballroom floor?
So, there you go, balls in books, balls in films. From Scarlett O’Hara leaping forward to….raise money for the ‘noble’ cause., with Rhett Butler, Anna and the King of Siam, to Maria getting up close and personal with Captain Von Trapp–AND, let’s not forget one I forgot until Rene reminded me in the comments, Jezebel where Bette Davis loses her lover over a red dress. Even if there’s no ball, there’s dancing, the romance of Dirty Dancing, of Strictly Ballroom.
So come on folks, tell me your fav ball or dance scene that way?
Oh come on dudes, just crack open the voddie and get on with the cossack dance will you?
Very nice post dear.
Thanks for sharing
Thank you so very much for reading x
Most welcome dear
How can you have a novel without a ball scene, the possibilities are endless, whatever the country or the era. Even a Covid socially distanced ball might work if the characters had to rely on meaningful glances across the empty room…
Probably doing that a lot just now! There;s just something about a ball scene x
Dave Astor said:
Copious, comedic cotillion compendium!
A GREAT read, Shehanne.
I agree, Dave. Those Dudes are brilliant. I learned a new word – dimination.
Dave Astor said:
“Dimination” is a fabulous word, Rebecca!
Dave and Rebecca, also gonna ‘fess up about the fact that the dimination only happened cos my keyboard is so battered it is blank. I saw, when I uploaded that pic it was shoulda said domination, then I thought …leave it. But look at what is learned every day x
Dave Astor said:
Serendipity, Shehanne! “Dimination” is absolutely classic, and works quite well with the hamsters. 🙂
Dave xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (In truth, I was a bit stuck for a post after the intended one ‘s email came in, without the attachment. Gonna ‘fess up now. x
Lol….. thank you Dave. They did get quite a few meanings out of it. They would say words should not just be ones that are in the dictionary….
Dave Astor said:
The hamsters certainly do take things and (hilariously) run with them! Those critters are the very opposite of “dim.” 🙂
They get free rein. AND reign. Thank you Dave. Very kind
LOVE this post, Shey!
I’m going to get to draw ball gowns!
(still need to draw a see through gown!)
…but First, The Dudes gotta stop playing with their balls. I find the image somewhat disturbing!
So, my fave ball scenes are both in the same movie.
Well, actually one is the barbeque, at Twelve Oaks. It’s a very lavishly gowned barbeque. Also, I love it when all the young girls take a nap in their underpinnings. What a gorgeous tapestry of cottons and linens.
Then there’s the Charity Ball to raise money for the South. Egads, I feel like dancing the Virginia Reel as I type. No sense naming the movie. You already know.
I MUST mention the movie “Jezebel”, starring Bette Davis. The young girls are supposed to all be wearing white ball gowns. Bette Davis turns up a scandal when she wears red.
Sooo, I’m close to posting the next episode where PBH goes to rescue SheyGoth.
I’m doing a plug for you/your books at the end.
I see there is no new cover reveal, yet, so I’ll pick a couple of covers, and the link to your books on Amazon!
When I first read this post, Resa (this is my third time around), I thought: Resa’s creativity and imagination will be ignited by all those marvelous ballroom scenes. I think that Shey may be Jane Austin reincarnated. Remember this scene from Pride and Prejudice dice. https://youtu.be/4F9gOieCSdE
I know the one you mean!!! And.. I know , talking Resa…she designed a Splendor Hammie gown. That will be shared on the food blog to shut the dudes up. (Ssh..I never said that…Okay?????????? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx my lovely Clansister. x
and ps.. I have Resa’s gowns framed. on my wall. SHe is brilliance, pure and simple. x ( I never said that either to the dudes……. thye might get jealous that they are not framed)
A beautiful scene… absolutely!
Ah Resa, FINALLY I get to your commnet, in that WP was playing up yesterday. it kept hauling pics out the post as I wrote it. It did not have all the comments visible …you name it. Firstly, that is a wonderful blog you just put up. Thrilled to be SheyGoth and rescued by Princess Holly. Will reblog it as my next blog. You are very very kind to me, truly, especially at the end of the post. AND the most amazing talent at design. I ahve got the cover for Wryson’s Eternity picked out. Just been majorly overhauling the middle section and telescoping certain scenes. NOW these are all fav scenes of mine. The barbeque is of course meant to end up as a dance but war breaks out!! But you are right, that scene in the bedrooms is brilliant. As is the bbq AND of course Scarlett is not for wearing what the other girls wear either. She’s for holding court and having Ashley Wilkes end of. Then yes there is the brilliant ball auction scene. Yes the book is unashamedly or should I say ‘shamedly’ racist. But dissing it and banning the movie is all wrong for me. We will also be judged one day and it won’t be pretty. The past never is. But you can’t change it and you won’t change the future either if you don’t have the mirror there of what it was, how it was, what it is now and what we must never go back to. What various areas have never left actually either.
The prose in that book still holds up as well as any prose l today. yes there’s bits where the POV is all over the place and there’s the god narrator but there’s things you can’t fault. To ban the film is dissing the brilliant performances of the female leads, so young at the time. It’s dissing the fact that Hattie McD won an oscar in America of that time. That Gable threatened to walk as Rhett if the movie wasn’t desegregated. So that’s my two bits on it. Now Jezebel.. Oh what a film and what a scene. I went back and mentioned it in the post. I don’t know how i could overlook that one.
I agree with you! Why are many people trying to whitewash, or change history?
To ban Gone With The Wind would be like banning or whitewashing the Civil War!
It is a remarkably well made movie, even by today’s standards, perhaps better than today’s standards.
The historical nature of the film seem as accurate as anything I’ve ever learned or read.
The fact that it is viewed through the Southern lens is totally valid, as it would be through any lens; provided the extent of accuracy presented.
I hope THEY don’t do something stupid, like banish the book from libraries!
You pointed out the stance of Gable,, and Hattie MD’s win. Things were changing for the better. Nothing happens overnight… even when it seems to.
Yet, things are still messed up.
I understand the Confederate flag and statues of the heroes of the south may present a problem. America has a flag, and it is NOT the Confederate flag. Still these things have a place in history &/or art museums.
Heady stuff! Keep writing! I’ll put up your new cover when you reveal it!
You’re a darling. So you are. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxpxpxpxpxp And I totally agree with everything you say there. We watched this really interesting film with Tom Hanks called the News of the World a few weeks back, set in Texas just after the war and the hatred was something else. He’s fought as a Confederate but he’s not racist, he’s really honorable which is but one of interesting contradictions. But it was an eye-opener re that time at the back of that war. You could see it was well not over as such. maybe the battles were etc but it was not gonna be over for a hell of a long time. Change can not happen overnight as you say. GWTW is indeed an amazing movie for its time when you put it against other films made then. But the whitewashing and changing of history is beyond me. One of the recent authors here on the blog she told me re some rammy that stared up in some facebook group with this lecturer for the US, about how Jane Austen was racist cos there were only white people in her books. Why hadn’t she written about black aristocrats? I say no more.
The most difficult thing of all…the first words. ‘The ball had just begun…’ perfection. Spendid, young Ms S. a super post. Regards, The Old Fool
MIKE!!! WOnderful to see you. Ah, the ball, the bal, seriously, I will not try to match your words by going further ( oh forget the vino gulped for a start, ) just good to see you with your finest livery on ! x
Haircuts and a new take on the old fool since the vist of Ms Vladivostok the consummate hair dresser with the husky voice. ‘Tis a funny old world for sure. I’m getting used to shorter hair. Best wishes, you and yours, The Old Fool
Ah…. new hairdresser called Mees Viladivossstock…..? I am sure yoou arrr now verrry dappper… x
House of Heart said:
Oh my! This is truly wonderful, I’m so fascinated by hamsters and balls. My favorite ball scenes are right there’ in Shehanne Moore’s books, so mysterious and romantic all at once. Next to that I guess the ball scene in Jezebel is right up
There. Ahhh, those Betty Davis eyes!
Wishing you much success on number 8 and I’m sure the Hamsters are having a ball supervising the ball scenes and other things. Thank you dear beautiful talented Shey. You brighten the day🌟⭐️ xxxxxxxc
OMG… That scene in Jezebel is amazing. I have a pic of Bette on my pinterest ladies in red board in that scene. It is the night she loses him but never lets him go . I can hear the wonderful music from that dance …the clip where they all turn their backs on her and he…well…… ?https://youtu.be/Y01Nkp0JplY
‘At the Olympus Ball, the most important social event of the year, unmarried women are expected to wear virginal white. All of Julie’s friends are horrified, but no one can convince her to give up her whim.’
and the waltz music…..
Always loved Bette..oh and the name Jezebel. ( I was reared on old films… Alas.. I even have this collection of LPs of musical scores from them ) You more than brighten my day and as ever you are too kind.
PS.. I just updated the post to include that scene …. Too wonderful to miss. I remember when she goes to look after him at the end… THROAT CLENCHER.
House of Heart said:
Oh, such a wonderful scene, I shall never forget it dear Shey. She is such a strong woman and she will wear red! Not White!
Yet she loses him but in the end she is the strong one who much go to take care of him in his time of need. Sigh. Throat clincher for sure. Love your novels Shey, they bring back those illusions of the romantic age where girls and women wore their beautiful gowns and crinolines and waist’s cinched tight and twirled with their beaus beneath the chandeliers in the old mansions. Loved your post and adorable hamsters! xxxxxxx
|She is amazing in that scene. You see the headstrong, the the hell with you all etc but you also see her total vulnerability under it all and lion’s den acknowledgement of where wearing that dress has led her. She totally nails and steals that scene. He might as well be the coat stand. You’re very kind, truly. Too kind. It was such an age. I just love the past. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I’m waiting for the new book! I think there might be a ball in it, and what fun to draw the gowns. Surely everyone isn’t a virgin! Oh well, I need to master white techniques.
Hamster balls indeed! As you would say…visuals!!!
Oh the new book won’t be long xxxxxxxxxxxx
House of Heart said:
Visuals indeed lol! I look forward to #8. xoxoxo
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Timothy Price said:
Silver is jealous. I tried to explain the ball’s about dancing, but he said it didn’t matter someone’s having a ball and he’s missing his. Delightful post, Shey.
xxxxx Timothyr. Tell Silver, he’s right and he should well be centre stage next ball x
Timothy Price said:
He says for you he will.
Martina Ramsauer said:
In this glittering and fantastic world of balls, I would like to find out the whole truth about dimination,Shehanne!
It was a pleasure to read your news:)
LOl….. the best bit?? Re dimination? My keyboard is so battered there’s no longer any lettering left on it….. I only discover the horror of this when either my oldest grandie tries to play a pc game and he goes ..okay…?????? Or I have already uploaded the pic with the wrong spelling. I was on the verge of removing dinination and I thought..leave it cos that is also the way I write and work. So there you go. The truth xxxx
Martina Ramsauer said:
You really made me smile!🌻Let’s hope in next Christmas😀
Then I am glad my darling that you smiled! Yeah most of my stuff happens by mistake!
Shey – I don’t think you or anyone can dampen the enthusiasm of those Dudes. A brilliant collection of ballroom scenes. What better place to launch the most provocative and conspicuous conversations than at a fashionable and proper ballroom – in plain sight of the entire community. These conversations and outbursts would keep tongues wagging for months. A wonderful post!!!
You are so right re balls being places to launch the most provocative and conspicuous conversations. IN PLAIN SIGHT. And so kind re your words. I have honestly come to value the amount of hair letting down that goes into a ball, the possibility for romance in the simplest dance, the ‘ceaselessness’ of what is going on behind the scenes. SO thank you.
Pam Lazos said:
Well I want to go to a ball now and get all gussied up and do strange dances. ❤️😂💃
Hell..me too. Let’s go take the place by storm x
Pam Lazos said:
This seriously made me want to write a ball scene, and if the hamsters are available I’d love to have them pull a carriage.
Ball scenes are fun and my darling, you can have the hamsters any time.
😊 My cat is salivating at the thought.
My darkling, I ahve a horrible feeling that poor Gracie would somehow come off worse. These dudes are savage. They just pretend to cower and be adorable.x
Dir Lisli, we wnt tpo cim and live with you. Pulis let us.
the duds. x
As much as I’d love that, you know you’d miss Shey and all your adventures with her.
But we wid kil hr first so thn we wouldn’t……
Incy Black said:
Ball scenes—always winners. The potential for a right balls up of someone evening…bloody marvellous.
Indeed! Nothing like a balls up at a ball. Gotta love them. The scenario is big so’s the emotions.
luisa zambrotta said:
Your post is so lovely! 🌹💃
Luisa xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx you. Very kind x
luisa zambrotta said:
Kate Furnivall said:
Fabulous post and fascinating to see how you use balls and dances as a tool in your wonderful arsenal to great effect. I’ve used pre-war nightclubs myself and am just about to do a 1948 Berlin nightclub scene. Yours are always strong stuff. No wonder the dudes are miffed! You’re tight, the stonkingly best balls are definitely Gone With The Wind and Jezebel, but I also adore the nightclub ballroom scene in Top Hat with Fred and Ginger turning dance into a whole new medium in Cheek to Cheek. I’m in heaven ….
Kate Furnivall said:
You’re right …. not tight! 😂😂
Oh I remember you had these wonderful ‘flash back’ bits in the Survivors. I loved that book. All your books drip the atmosphere of the time–just thinking about Guardian of lies there too. Already now I’m tapping my fingers for a 1948 Berlin nightclub scene. Top Hat… I was thinking of Fred and Ginger . They were amazing. And that scene is another ‘stonking’ dance scene . Lovely to see you and thank you for the too kind comment. Truly. xxxxxxxxxxxx
All I’m saying is, this was a ballin’ post, lol. Brilliant and entertaining. I love how you worked the topic into all you books clever woman! ❤
DEBS!! How good to see you, brave lady you. Truly. I seriously was stuck for a blog and I thought AHHHHH and one that was to came in –well the email came in without any blog… What is funny is that I did swither re a ball in this book cos I thought there’s been too many but I honestly hadn’t thought about how they’d been used till I sat down and thought what can I say re them. So I am having a giggle at your lovely comment. So I guess subconsciously I knew they were the backdrop to abso chaos and it is so in this WIP, But seriously when you think of the ones in books and films, they are all there for a grand purpose. xx
Abso my friend. You did a fine job with it and of course, you had the dudes to help you out. I am slowly getting some desire to visit a few blogs, not as often as before yet, but sometimes I feel the crave for connection, most other times, I stay numb and don’t want to talk. It’s a grueling ugly process this grieving business. Hugs to you for your kindness Sistah! xoxox
Debby, the journey is endless, where one day you want fine food and the next day your desire is to starve, be that blogs or even just damn well eating because life will never be the same. .But you will find a new way to things. Just nice to see you doing what you do and I reckon Puppy would be proud xxxxx
Oh… to go to the ball as cinders said…Smashing post and I haven’t turned into a toad after reading two posts so guessing I am safe ..Love those hamsters I just hope our new one is as clever…all he does is sleep at the moment or climb… they love to climb…
Oh indeed . Nothing like dancing all night. AND YES you are safe, never mind the dudes. Lovely to see and thank you so much, truly. A hew hamster eh? What’s the name?
I call him hammy.. Lily calls him Jake x
Either is damned good!
Looking forward to reading the new Shehanne Moore story – it’s been ages! As for balls and dances… I think I have only ever written one into a story, and that was one of my shortest (Dance Me To The End of Time, a Christmas ghostly story set in Vienna). I have never got into dancing, although, in my youth, my mother pressed me into learning to waltz, foxtrot, and do the Military Two-Step (seriously). I do remember enjoying doing the Gay Gordons around the dining room with her though. I would have been around five at the time.
I remember that story of yours. Nothing like a Christmas ghostly. here was me just over on your blog. Kind of spooky too that in away. Here’s you here! You’re very kind. Honestly. Lots of hair tearing over this book. Follow up to the last one with Gil Wryson and supposedly poor abused woman who was also supposedly Molly’s mother, centre stage. I’ve always loved dancing. I can quite see your mam getting you trying actually. That generation were very into all of that. Having a wee giggle here at the time I was doing choreography for this school panto–talking xmas–. Anyway, we have here what is called the Dundee cringe re that, although you’d never think if if you go to the freezing, frosty, open air ceilidh when the Xmas lights get switched on. So eventually the music teacher having had enough of the standing like planks, put on Shall We Dance and we danced that scene right round the school hall asn Anna and the king. My girls were utterly wishing the floor would open up. But I thought it was epic in terms of sweeping round that floor.
Hope you had the appropriate crinolines to really set it off!
Thank YOU so much for reading. Truly appreciate it xx
Nah, just the music and the floor space!!!
MYRELAR, I did reply to you but I don’t see it. Thank you so much for reading xx
Carol Balawyder said:
I’m impressed! Your 8th book. This was a fun post about balls. They do have a magic to them. All the best, Shey, in your WIP and little Hammie I too am looking forward to blog and food.
Carol, you’re very kind. I was trying to think of some advance promo while I finish hammering the 100 thou words down to 80 odd thou … Balls do have a magic to them, don’t they? And all sorts happen, so I am glad that I kept the big showdown in this book with the heroine present as opposed to what I had originally planned on writing. ANd it was good to look then at the role of balls in books and films. Of course I got the dudes quiet with the food blog but I was thinking about food in books too and how it can be more than just food.
Carol Balawyder said:
You are full of brilliant ideas!
Carol, you are always so kind. xxx.
Have you ever considered quoting AC/DC when talking About balls. I think they make some valid points…
Well I’m upper-upper class high society
God’s gift to ballroom notoriety
And I always fill my ballroom
The event is never small
The social pages say I’ve got
The biggest balls of all
I’ve got big balls
I’ve got big balls
And they’re such big balls
And their fancy big balls
And he’s got big balls
And she’s got big balls
(But we’ve got the biggest balls of them all)
And my balls are always bouncing
My Lord, I am slipping. How could i miss them ?
Par ce message positif et amical je te souhaite une bonne semaine mon ami(e). Quoi que tu vives, quoi que tu fasses, dans chaque moment il se cache une raison d’être heureux ? MERCI DE TON PASSAGE pour te dire un léger mieux dans ma maladie de LIME Bisous à plu tard
Bernard, beaucoup de câlins pour vos aimables paroles.
I had a ball reading this… 😎
I hope you have a fav dance, my friend. Great to see you.
But Anna Karenina is my most favourite book.there was not any fault done by Anna-as i think.
None. It is why I especially love this article by a wonderful actress who played her xx
Swapnil Pandey said:
Smexy is intriguing creature
Smexy tries its best….
I meant to comment on this ages ago, so apologies if I’m a bit late to the….ball? (how corny!). I do like a good ball scene and love the dances they make actors learn for these period dramas – especially as they always look so self-conscious! I’ve just finished reading ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and Julia has the most sumptuous event for her coming out that puts her head and shoulders above the other debs. I’m now reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ and have already been launched into a week of balls in Bath. A rather elegant ball scene can be found in the movie ‘Russian Ark’ (2002). The entire film was shot in one take at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg.
Oh, being late is better than not being at all. And why not keep the crowd waiting. There is just something about a ball scene, the drama, the intrigue. I hope, therefore, you are enjoying your Northanger week in Bath!!! But even a solitary dance scene in a film, or book, just has that something. I’ve been to the WInter Palace St. Petersburg,…there you go.. along time ago. Must catch this film. I’m also having a giggle re having to learn a fancy dance, it was for the supper party scene in much Ado About nothing, which had been turned into a dance.. To this day I can still hear the guy that got dragged in getting really ratty and going, ‘It is really quite simple, I don’t know what’s wrong with you people,’ when we had none of us seen anything like it in our lives….
I’m really quite enjoying Northanger and hoping Catherine doesn’t make a terrible faux pas in public! Dance scenes can certainly convey so much! And of course I’m quite envious of your visit to St Petersburg. A trip I’ve been planning for a long time. Lesson learned – never put off etc etc. I can only imagine what a dance scene in Much Ado might look like! Lots of simmering resentment and restraint! I hope it was a success!!
Ah that, like St Petersburg, was in another life, long time ago. We certainly had the space for the dance scene as the production was in the round. And yes it was full of intrigue and asides.
Dawn - The Sparkle Diaries. said:
I want to get a ball gown and go to a ball right now. Those long lingering looks of what if with the most gorgeous man in the room whom you despise…or think you do. I’m now lost in a world of romance, intrigue and ball gowns and I love it Shey xxx
Oh ball gown and balls are quite a world. To think I nearly NEVER had one in this book i am now editing. That I was going to have her leave on the afternoon beforehand…. How stupid was that? There is just something about a ball. And in these days they were great long affairs too.
Dawn - The Sparkle Diaries. said:
Oh they were the most fabulous affairs weren’t they and those beautiful gowns, almost like the ladies were gliding along the floor. Heavens above, the heroine can’t leave the afternoon before the ball. There are glances to be made, wrists to be grabbed, declarations of passion and kisses galore xxx
This is very interesting
I hope you have a favorite dance scene in a book or film x
the dune mouse said:
Brilliant and I can’t stop smiling!
Awwwwwwwwww Lovely Cybele, you made my day. Truly. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I’d not thought of this before, but you’re so right! Pride and Prejudice comes to mind here, too. Characters can learn so much about one another even under the restraints of society…or, because of those restraints, they see things that aren’t really there. A bit of magic, to be sure!
They do learn so much. You are right. it is like a microscope on their world all of a sudden,all lit by dazzling chandeliers. I remember the ball in Pride and Prejudice. It is epic for just these reasons.
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