Home Amusements; A Collection of Riddles, Charades, Rebuses, Etc

Home Amusements; A Collection of Riddles, Charades, Rebuses, Etc

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...of this game was derived from an odd whim of the French poet Dulot, who always made a number of bouts rimes, or ends of rhyme, before commencing a sonnet or piece of poetry, and added a commencement to each, which formed the line. There is another variety of this game, or at least one somewhat similar (originally called the " American Game ") which is also productive of amusement, and inducive to wit and impromptu composition. It is now best known in England as NOUNS AND QUESTIONS. A Circle gathering round a table are supplied with pens, or pencils and paper. Each writes a question on the top of his or her paper, folds it down, and passes it to the next neighbour to add a noun (personal or proper). The paper is again folded, and then all are thrown together, and shuffled on the table, from which promiscuous heap each person draws forth one, and unfolding it, is obliged by the laws of the game to answer the question in verse, and to bring the noun or name into the same. We will subjoin an example. Question. Which do you prefer, Spring or Autumn? Noun. "Resignation." "In youth's bright days the buds of Spring With hope and joy are swelling; But fading hues, and falling leaf, Are Nature's voice to age and grief, Of " resignation" telling. Thus each have beauties and their lesson tell To those who see them right, and use them well." This is rather a sombre example, but more lively ones will quite as easily suggest themselves to those who enter into the spirit of the game. THE HIDDEN WORD. This game is somewhat similar to "Proverbs," inasmuch as a given word has to be introduced adroitly into the answer to each question; which is proposed in turn to the circle who are playing. Each player whispers in...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236596501
  • 9781236596505