"The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done"
Rather lively dancing of the
Public DomainRather lively dancing of the "La Trénis" figure of the Contredanse

In a family of many daughters, it was customary that only the oldest girl would go out to balls and assemblies in order to prevent a younger sibling marrying the husband they might have otherwise snared.

As Charlotte will finally be married at 27, her younger sisters can hope to come out sooner than they thought.