Men have never really been all that eager to attend balls. In the historial romance novels those of the 'ton' attend them only because they must
finally settle down and find themselves a suitable bride. After a couple of waltzes they generally retire to the card room if one is provided. These men, however, are not playing cards. In fact, they appear rather bored or perhaps even
depressed. The women, on the other hand, look a bit unsure of themselves. Hopefully things work out here.
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