Honestly, Abby, how many times have I told you that it's not a good idea to read a scary story late at night? What is it this time?
Yeah, well I'm not sure how dumb you think I am, but I know for certain that Charlotte, the maid, will in no way be going to this masquerade ball.
A domestic servant in the 19th century would simply not be invited to a popular ball.
Wow. I'm sure that took some pretty "creative" persuasion.
First of all, you're thinking way too far ahead - Charlotte can't possibly go to the ball. Yes, I realize she'll be wearing a mask so no one will even realize who she is. What's that? She'll be wearing gloves so no one will even notice she's missing two fingers on her left hand? You'll stuff something into the two finger shafts of the gloves? You have it all figured out?
During the middle ages, masquerade balls, or Carnival, began after the winter solstice, around January 1st, as part of the Feast of Fools, particularly in France.
In 17th century Italy, masquerade balls were elaborate affairs held for the upper classes, especially in Venice.
Masquerade balls existed in London, England, in the 18th century. but Carnival held in Paris in the 19th century formed the most amusing, and even political, celebrations of all. These balls had origins in the pagan festivities held in honour of the advent of spring planting season.
Here's something interesting for you to think about while you're stuck in the 19th century, Abby:
A prominent masquerade ball for the rich and famous will be held on November 28, 1996, beginning at 10:00 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Hosted by the author Truman Capote, (Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood) and planned by him, the lavish affair will be named The Black and White Ball. It will include a midnight meal for the 500 guests, including 450 bottles of champagne. Tables will be decorated with white candles secured in gold candelabras. Men will be required to wear tuxedos, and women will be required to wear either black or white formal dresses; all guests must wear masks until midnight. There will be, of course a live band. It will end in the wee hours of the next morning.
And now you know.