474 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
"A lady gave me a gift she had not, And I received her gift which I took not, And if she take it again, I care not."
The answer is peculiarly timely, being appropriate to leap year under the mistletoe.
Young and old join in playing games. Tennyson's couplet, before quoted, refers to one that has never lost its popularity.
What Is My Thought Like?
Any one may begin the game by asking each person of the company in turn, "What is my thought like?" To which each person answers by mentioning some object—the first that occurs to mind—merely avoiding the repetition of what others have said. The one whose thought has thus been conjectured to be like so many different things keeps the answers in memory or may write them down, and then announcing what his thought really was, proceeds to ask each player how that thought can be made to resemble what he or she said it was like. This taxes the ingenuity of each player, for an answer of some kind must be found, complimentary or the reverse. It is one of the instances where the truth is not insisted upon.
For example: To the question, "What is my thought like?" the first player says a carpet, the second a piano, and in succession they mention a tree, a road, a church, laughter, crying, ice-cream, a clock. The
questioner then says: "My thought was of Mrs.-----,
here. Why is she like a carpet?"
"Because she lets herself be trodden upon and walked over."
"And wh> like a piano?"
"Because she gives so many persons pleasure."
"Why is she like a tree?"