The room was lit up by flickering candle flames. The light cast reflections on the shiny surface of the candelabra, dancing across the floor below. A gently fluctuating susurration could be heard from the groups of guests, who were standing or moving slowly across the floor. A faint fragrance floated on the air, diffused by the air stirred up by the ladies fans. The lady seated at the spinet struck a chord and the young people hearkened. The conversations faltered and the ladies lined up by the wall, facing the gentlemen, waiting to begin the dance.