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  • Impelled by this notion, yet wavering, dissatisfied, and uncomfortable, she summoned Mrs. Mittin, and entreated she would make such inquiries concerning the value of the ball-dress uniform, as would enable her to estimate its entire expence.


  • He was in the ball-dress in which he had been captured the night before.

    Vanity Fair

  • Blanche, indeed, was very fond of sugar-plums; she would have fed the poor upon them, when she had had enough, and given a country girl a ball-dress, when she had worn it and was tired of it.

    The History of Pendennis

  • “O Lady, Ya Sitti, my happiness, why do you not wear this lovely dress?” — a décolletée blue ball-dress, trimmed with tulle and roses.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • The harím had begged of me to wear an English ball-dress, that they might see what it was like.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • She was still in her pretty ball-dress, her fair hair hanging somewhat out of curl on her neck, and the circles round her eyes dark with watching.

    Vanity Fair

  • Her ball-dress still lay on the sofa, and with a sort of fierce care she arrayed herself, took the flowers in her hand, and went down, her small face carried high under its burden of hair.

    The Man of Property

  • Agnes Ocock might not yet have secured the various small extras to go with her ball-dress; and, if not, how nice it would be to make her a present of these.

    Australia Felix

  • Those were awful times when she went, say, to Melbourne, and bought as a bargain a whole roll of cloth of an impossible colour, which had to be utilised to the last inch; or when she unearthed, from an old trunk, some antiquated garment to be cut up and reshaped — a Paisley shawl, a puce ball-dress, even an old pair of green rep curtains.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • Her hair had been dressed; she wore her dancing slippers; she had only to put on her ball-dress; but when the artist is giving the finishing stroke to his creation, the last touches require more time than the whole groundwork of the picture.

    Father Goriot


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