Her First Ball
A young girl called Leila has come to the city to stay with her cousins. They are going to a ball. Leila is very excited: this is her first ball. Once there, she is both excited and terrified. After dancing with several young boys her own age, she danced with a wrinkly balding man who has been coming to balls for a while. This spoils her mood until she dances with a good looking young gentleman where her worries disappear.
- Leila, a cousin of the Sheridan Girls in The Garden Party. She is 18 years old.
- Miss Eccles, Leila's dance teacher at boarding school.
- The "Fat Man"
- the first partner
- the second partner
- the third partner
- the fourth partner
- the cab driver(just her imagination before the ball)
The text is written in the modernist mode, without a set structure, and with many shifts in the narrative. The main themes of the story are very dramatically portrayed through Leila's reactions and her emotions.
- Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics, explanatory notes
 muiz khan
- The Garden Party and Other Stories at the British Library
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