Oh my God, this is my first ball, I'm so nervous!
Dark girls, fair girls were patting their hair, tying ribbons again, tucking handkerchiefs down the fronts of their bodies, smoothing marble-white gloves. And because they were all laughing it seemed to Leila that they were all lovely
Powder my back, there's a darling.
Long before that you'll be sitting up there on the stage, looking on, in your nice black velvet. And these pretty arms will have turned into little short fat ones, and you'll beat time with such a different kind of fan...
I want to stop. No, I won't go outside. I won't sit down, I'll just stand here, thank you.