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238                           BOSTON.
he pays the allotted number of fish to each of his three opponents.
In all failures, whether the player has a partner or not, he or they pay a beast to the pools, equal to the number of fish they would have taken from it, had they proved successful; this is the invariable rule for assessing the beasts, which are not to be directly put into the pool, but laid aside, to be brought into the same at a future period, when some successful person has emptied it of the bets ; and all succeeding beasts are to be kept separately, to supply the pool at the end of different deals, and till all are exhausted the game cannot end, unless, after any round is completed, they agree to share the beasts.
In respect to playing misere, when a person has any kind of hand that he thinks will enable him to lose all the tricks, the method is as follows : if he should think it requisite to get rid of any parti­cular card, then the declaration must be only petit misere; if this be not superseded by the other players, he puts out a card without showing it, and the game commences, as at Whist, by the eldest hand ; but in playing misere of any kind, there are no trumps. The parties (still endeavouring to lose their tricks) proceeds as at Whist, except that the general rules with regard to playing are reversed at misere.
Whenever the misere player is obliged to win a trick, the deal is at an end, and he is beasted, ex­actly as in playing boston ; and moreover, is to pay to each of the other persons four fish, as ap­pears in the table ; on the contrary, if the twelve tiicks are played without winning one of them, he is entitled to the contents of the pool, and also to four fish from each of his antagonists. After a similar manner, grand misere is played, with the
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