172 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
player personating the fan must instantly rise, and, swaying back and forth, imitate the movements of a fan. The one called "My lady's necklace" rises and clasps her hands about her throat. Nearly every article may be expressed in pantomime, but, if difficult, the child may rise, spin around and seat herself instead.
Occasionally—and as unexpectedly as possible—the Lady's Maid says, "My Lady is going on a journey—or a visit—and wants all her wardrobe." Whereupon all the players must arise and change seats, and in the scuffle and confusion the Lady's Maid tries to secure a place. If successful, some one else will be left out, who must take the office of Lady's Maid in her turn.
"NOUNS AND VERBS"
The children will find amusement and also instruction in the simple little game here given. To begin with the definition—"A noun is the name of anything." The players either spell with letter-blocks or write on a blackboard a list of nouns until a mistake is made in the part of speech. Another player takes the place, and so on, the greatest number of nouns given without mistake winning a prize. In the same way verbs are given, and a lesson in grammar is impressed by fun rather than by dull study.
This is another old English amusement which affords lots of fun. The players put their chairs together to form a close circle. A small downy feather with very short stem is procured and thrown as high as possible in the air. It is then blown, the object of each player being not to be touched by it. The person it falls upon