Impromptu Games 65
The first player may speak of going out the first time after an illness. A second refers to "going out" so much more than usual, in the sense used in society. A third may tell of some embarrassment at feeling "out of it" when others were enjoying themselves. A fourth of being "out of pocket." A fifth at being cheated—in the English phrase—of being "done out of what was mine by rights," or "There I was—so many dollars out!" "Out of reckoning." "Out of "sight." Even the word "outrageous" may ring other changes.
A good way to mislead is to bring in some other rather salient word—that is not the one selected and have each narrator repeat it. The story, too, should be long enough to make the chosen word inconspicuous.
This game has been very popular with book-loving folk. Each one in succession portrays a scene as if it were before the actual as well as the mental vision, descriptive of the title of some book that is presumably known to the company. It need have no real relation to the story told in the book, but must suggest its title. For instance, one person says:
"I see before me a great stone castle, with towers and donjon-keep. From one of its narrow casements a maiden surpassing fair is watching a falcon that has escaped its thrall and has flown to a tall tree with its lune (the string by which the bird is held) tangled about its feet, so as to impede its flight. And now a knight in full armour comes pricking by, to whom the maiden makes appeal. 'Oh, Sir Knight, help me to get my hawk, for if it be lost my father will slay me, he is so hasty.' The knight makes answer, doffing his plurrWl cap, 'Fair lady, I will do what I may, though