475. An invitation to a ball should be given at least a week beforehand.
476. Upon entering, first address the lady of the house; and after her, the nearest acquaintances you may recognize in the house.
477. If you introduce a friend, make him acquainted with the names of the chief persons present. But first present him to the lady of the house, and to the host.
478. Appear in full dress.
479. Always wear gloves.
480. Do not wear rings on the outside of your gloves.
481. Avoid an excess of jewellery.
482. Do not select the same partner frequently.
483. Distribute your attention as much as possible.
484. Pay respectful attention to elderly persons'.
485. Be cordial when serving refreshments, but not importunate.
486. If there are more dancers than the room will accommodate, do not join in every dance.
487. In leaving a large party it is unnecessary to bid farewell, and im-proper to do so before the guests.
488. A Paris card of invitation to an evening party usually implies that you are invited for the season.
489. In balls and large parties there should be a table for cards, and two packs of cards placed upon each table.
190. Chess and all unsociable games should be avoided.
491. Although many persons do not like to play at cards except for a stake, the stakes agreed to at parties should be very trifling, so as not to create excitement or discussion.
492. The host and hostess should look after their guests, and not confine their attentions. They should, in fact, assist those chiefly who are the least known in the room.
493. Avoid political and religious discussions. If you have a "hobby," keep it to yourself.
494. After dancing, conduct -your partner to a seat.
495. Resign her as soon as her next partner advances.
(For the Figures of Dances, consult the Index. - See 864.)