70 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
hearted, all-loving humble hero never lacks a friend and is honoured as he deserves.
"The blot on the book is a repulsive picture of some of our countrymen, but few characters are more loveworthy in all fiction than-----the hero of-----."
Dickens is so familiar to nearly all readers that it will be easily seen, perhaps, that the above description belongs to Tom Pinch in the book "Martin Chuzzlewit."
When it is guessed, or all have tried and failed, the next narrator tells a tale.
The game may be played, if desired, by every one's writing the story of some famous book and reading it to the company in turn. To many it is easier to write than to narrate a story.
THE GAME OF "IT"
If there be still any one who has not heard of the game of " It," he is precisely the one who may furnish fun for the rest and be mystified to their heart's content. The question must be diplomatically put, and when one ignorant of the game is discovered it is well to wait a bit before selecting him to be the first to leave the room. He is told that they in his absence will choose an object which he must discover upon his return by asking questions of each in succession, after the manner of the well-known game of Twenty Questions. The company arrange themselves in a semi-circle, and, should there be others remaining in the room who are unacquainted with the trick, it is explained to them that the object to be guessed is the left-hand neighbour of each person questioned—always alluded to as "It."
It must be confessed that the fun is rather at the expense of the questioner.
Another may be puzzled by the company's agreeing