|a Victorian dance card|
Our college finally held an event to which you were kindly asked to bring a pen or pencil so you could fill out a dance card.
For those of you who don't know what a dance card is (you should be ashamed of yourself) here is a definition from the San Diego Waltz Club website:
Dance cards are small folding cards, usually palm-sized or smaller, with a list of the dances scheduled for the evening: a miniature program. Each lady is given a dance card as she enters the ballroom, and the men may receive cards also. Next to each musical number is a blank line where she may write a man's name (or have him write it) to reserve her company for that dance.
~Robert Wilfred Franson
This announcement produced stunned silence for several minutes. We even paused Pride and Prejudice to think about it. While we were sorely tempted to drop everything and experience the dance card, it was decided that it would most likely be fatal to watch Pride and Prejudice and to waltz in the same evening.
And we just couldn't leave poor Mr. Darcy all heart broken. Even for dance cards.