Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they're held for pleasure
They're the balls that I like best
Even adults, I fancy, would not find an evening party very endurable without the attraction of sex and the attraction of alcohol; and how a small boy who can neither flirt nor drink should be expected to enjoy prancing about on a polished floor till the small hours of the morning is beyond my conception.
C. S. Lewis , Surprised By Joy