The Merry Circle, a Book of Games and Amusements

The Merry Circle, a Book of Games and Amusements

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...assertion was nothing more nor less than the startling and original remark that a story "never lost anything in the telling." "That is true," cried Harry, rushing to the rescue just in time to save poor Simmons from an expressive connubial "Ahem!"--" very true, I want no better proof of that than the RUSSIAN GAME OF GOSSIP. Did you ever play it?" raising his voice and looking around at the company. As some answered "Yes," and the rest either looked blank or said "No," Harry proposed that RUSSIAN GAME OF GOSSIP. 159 he should put them all on an equal footing in the matter. "The game may be played in two ways," he continued, oratorically. "In one, it is a mere childish farce, amounting to nothing beyond senseless chatter; but when played in the right manner it becomes a deep moral study, calculated, I assure you, to make a man hold his breath." "I move," exclaimed the captain, "that the honoured member be requested to explain the process without any delay." Harry, assuming an injured air, resumed: "The first-named method is this: The players sit in a line. Number One whispers any vagary that enters his head to Number Two. This Number Two repeats carelessly, the more so the better, to Number Three; and Number Three does the same, in turn, to Number Four; and so on until the last person is reached, when he or she is expected to announce the sentence which has just been communicated. Of course, between carelessness and indistinctness, the original sentence has passed through twenty transformations, and, when compared with the final one is sure to raise a laugh. But with the Russian method the result is more apt to raise sighs than laughter, for it...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123663604X
  • 9781236636041