Games Requiring Preparation 113
apples, sandalwood, orris root, smelling-salts, camphoret, and perhaps two flowers in combination, as a final puzzle. Lists are made after each test.
On the third page of the little book the players read, HEARING; and underneath it:
"We are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see."—Herodotus.
The hostess goes just outside the door, or in an adjoining room, and plays on a comb, jews'-harp, or musical instrument, touches a note or chord on the piano, passes a wet finger around the rim of a finger-bowl, pours water, strikes matches, tears paper, knocks glass on glass, wood against wood, metal on metal, makes ice clink against a glass containing water, then repeats the sound on a glass containing mineral water, etc.
The little book marks TASTE to be the next test, and quotes:
"Pleasant tastes depend, not on the things themselves, but on their agreeableness to this or that palate." —Locke.
From small boxes, procurable at any chemist's shop, the hostess gives to each person in turn a tiny bit of allspice, cinnamon, clove, sassafras, wintergreen, aniseed, chocolate, carraway-seed, vanilla, mace, various nuts, a speck of alum, peppermint or lemon candy, calamus, horseradish, licorice, etc. It is well to follow each disagreeable flavour with something pleasant to the taste.
FEELING comes last, and is usually productive of the most fun, after the players have read on the book:
"Seein's believin', but feelin's the naked truth."— Rustic Proverb.
The lights are extinguished, and the following articles