Honestly, Amy, how many times have I told you that it's not a good idea to read a scary book late at night? What is it this time?
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.