Impromptu Games 61
The horse-shoe, or flag, will probably focus the attention of the audience and so mislead; for the book-title intended for representation is "The Ascent of Man," by Drummond. The young man may descend the ladder before the portieres conceal him and so represent Darwin's famous work, if it be preferred to the former.
The next pair may sit at the ends of a small dining-table set for two and smilingly raise their glasses to pledge one another and drink to their mutual happiness —-which may serve to suggest "We Two," by Edna Lyall.
A man, with his silk hat pushed over on the back of his head (one of an old fashion preferred), looking as countrified as possible and carrying a carpet-bag, enters—a woman, in bonnet and shawl, clinging tightly to his arm. He lays down the carpet-bag (or grip-sack of antique pattern), and, looking at a painting or some article in the room with a vacant stare, consults his guide-book eagerly. The woman gazes about her— looking indiscriminately at the ceiling or floor as if ignorant of what she is expected to admire—all of which is intended to recall Mark Twain's "Innocents Abroad."
"Wild Animals I Have Known," by Ernest Thompson Seton, may be represented by a strong-minded looking woman in spectacles and a manish hat. She may attack with her umbrella, opening and shutting it, an imaginary bull at one side of the stage, or a dog might be induced to bark at her, if the umbrella-flourishing may be made sufficiently aggravating.
She may then mount upon a chair in an agony of fright, while a toy mouse, wound up ^r made to go by