How to act at a 19th century masquerade ball

Hi, Amy. Just wondering how everything's going for tonight's masquerade ball. 

It's probably a good idea to communicate with me. I'm the only one who can help you, remember? You don't have any family of your own in the 19th century. And you also don't have any money to exist on if you get kicked out of the house if your plan of sneaking Charlotte the maid into the ball is discovered.

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                 Ahuh.





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You arrived in the city earlier today with the lady of the house and her husband? And you made sure they both agreed that Charlotte should come along to help the lady of the house get ready so she would look as beautiful as possible?

Okay, so let me get this whole situation straight. You convinced the uninvited maid, Charlotte, to let you sneak her into tonight's masquerade ball. But she had to make herself a gown and mask although she had no money to buy the ton of fabric needed to create a ball gown suitable for this mid-19th century event (a maid makes very little money in the 1800s). So, you decided it would be a good idea to simply steal from the family you live with. You took the key from the chatelaine the lady of the house gave you to wear in trust, to open the lock box that contains cash, so Charlotte could buy the material she needed. Hmm. Still think it's been a good plan?

Okay. Here are some tips to think about before you arrive at the ball tonight: 

Don't forget to wear gloves and don't take them off. Especially tell Charlotte this, although I don't think she'll take hers off and reveal the fact she's missing two fingers.
Do not refuse to dance when a gentleman asks you; it's considered very rude in the 19th century.
Be polite at all times (as difficult as that may be).
Avoid talking too much or laughing too loud.
Don't get snarky with anyone.



And remember: the guests will be removing their masks at midnight, so Charlotte will need to leave before then. Yeah, I know, shades of Cinderella. I'll be on pins and needles until I hear from you.