From Honoré de Balzac’s novella The Duchesse de Langeais:
“What is the matter, my dear Antoinette? You look frightful.”The Human Comedy: Selected Stories , trans. from the French by Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, and Jordan Stump (New York: New York Review Books, 2014). This story translated by Cosman.
“I will revive after a quadrille,” she answered, giving her hand to a young man who had just appeared.
Also from Balzac
“Easily five foot eight or nine”