Page:Elizabethan People.djvu/255

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This page has been validated.


201
INDOOR AMUSEMENTS

you, Philautia, what followed upon the doing of it; and this gentleman, who should have done it better?" Then the thing is mentioned and each player must make good his answer already given in ignorance of the name of the thing. The latter game required each member of the circle to mention an adjective. Then some one suggested a substantive. It was then the duty of each player to explain how his adjective qualified the substantive. Thus:

"Arg. Humble!

"Pha. O yes, we must not deny It. And why barbarous, Hedon?

"Hed. Barbarous! because commonly, when you have worn your breeches sufficiently, you give them to your barber."

A number of games were played upon boards, some of which are elsewhere mentioned under dicing. The modern bagatelle was familiar under the name of Troll My Dame. A billiard table was a common piece of furniture. Shovel-board and Shove-groat were variations of the same game. The latter is described in the statutes of 33d Henry VIII. as a new game. The table necessary for shovel-board was an expensive piece of furniture. "It is remarkable," observes Dr. Ploot, "that in the hall at Chartley the shuffle-board table, though ten yards, one foot, and an inch