386 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
At each lady's place appeared a round bonbonniere about six inches across, surmounted by a doll's head and trunk without arms, the dress being gathered around the neck with a lace ruffle and its edge pasted around the cover of the box. Each one was different. One doll was dressed to represent a king's jester. Another painted a dead white, with a close-fitting, white kid cap and a dress of white linen, was intended to suggest the French Pierrot—their national clown—while another of papier-mache had the hooked nose and prominent chin of Punch. These boxes when opened revealed only peanuts, rice, white beans and coffee-grains—beneath which the sweets were concealed.
Among the bona fide dainties were "April-fool" bonbons, "chocolate creams" stuffed with cotton, wooden button-moulds covered with chocolate, and round yellow pill-boxes filled with flour, and iced to represent little cakes.
There is a well-known English dish called "Gooseberry Fool"—a compound of crushed gooseberries and cream. In the case which I am recalling, strawberries were substituted and frozen in cream, which dish they called "Strawberry Fool."
After dinner the hostess announced that she had a picture to show her friends that had arrived that day and which had given her much pleasure. A curtain was hung before it, which, when withdrawn with grave ceremony, revealed a mirror, reflecting the expectant faces of the group before it, while upon its surface were written with soap the words, "April Fool!"
Then followed all sorts of attempts to "fool" one another, the hostess offering a prize to the one who should not be fooled once during the evening, and