"But how do you keep the ball
between the goals?" said he; "I can't see why it mightn't go right down to the chapel."
"Why should not I be dull at a ball
?" inquired Anna.
However, the duke contrived to hide the ball
under his bolster and as soon as the door was closed he tore off the cover of the ball
with his teeth and found underneath the following letter:
After he had read them he laughed and stuffed them away in his pockets to become round hard balls
A cannon ball
, flying close to him, caused him to duck and bend over his horse.
He was definitely afraid that the Mingotts might be going too far; that, in fact, they might have Granny Mingott's orders to bring the Countess Olenska to the ball
When I came back from fielding this last ball
I found him embracing his bat, and to my sour congratulations he could at first reply only with hysterical sounds.
"I am by no means of the opinion, I assure you," said he, "that a ball
of this kind, given by a young man of character, to respectable people, can have any evil tendency; and I am so far from objecting to dancing myself, that I shall hope to be honoured with the hands of all my fair cousins in the course of the evening; and I take this opportunity of soliciting yours, Miss Elizabeth, for the two first dances especially, a preference which I trust my cousin Jane will attribute to the right cause, and not to any disrespect for her."
All was safe and prosperous; and as the removal of one solicitude generally makes way for another, Emma, being now certain of her ball
, began to adopt as the next vexation Mr.
Edmund, William, and Fanny did, in their different ways, look and speak as much grateful pleasure in the promised ball
as Sir Thomas could desire.
"When he had gone into the house, Ursula, turning impatiently from the window, tripped and almost fell over the big ball
of homespun yarn her father had flung on the floor.
The young woman did as she was bid, and when she had taken her place and turned to face him the boy threw the ball