In the late 1800s, a really well-bred man must follow a strict set of rules when attending a ball. And while your hero may not be such a man (in fact, most romantic heroes are rogues to some degree), he must still know how to act like a gentleman in order not to be forcibly ejected from the premises as he pursues his lady-love.
Here are a few rules that appear in Receptions, Parties and Balls E-book:
"A young man who can dance, and will not dance, should stay away from a ball.
The lady with whom a gentleman dances last is the one he takes to supper. Therefore, he can make no engagement to take out any other, unless his partner is already engaged.
Public balls are most enjoyable when you have your own party. The great charm of a ball is its perfect accord and harmony. All altercations, loud talking and noisy laughter are doubly ill-mannered in a ball-room. Very little suffices to disturb the whole party.
In leaving a ball, it is not deemed necessary to wish the lady of the house a good night. In leaving a small dance or party, it is civil to do so.
The difference between a ball and an evening party is, that at a ball there must be dancing, and at an evening party there may or may not be."
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