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Trades.
30               What Shall We Do Now?
chosen as the bicyclist, the others take as many bicycling names (or two names each might acid to the fun) as there are players. Thus—lamp, wick, oil, handle-bars, spokes, tyres, chain, air-pump, spanner, nuts, bell, flints, hedges, fields, sheep, roads, hill, dog. This settled, the bicyclist will begin his story, something in this style:—
It looked so fine this morning that I determined to go for a long ride. So I got out the air-pump and blew up the tyres, put the spanner to a few nuts, rilled the lamp, trimmed the wick, polished up the bell and the handle-bars, and started off. The roads were perfect except for a dressing of flints by the vicarage. The fields were shining with dew, the hedges were sweet with honey­suckle, and I skimmed along like the wind until suddenly, at the turn at the foot of Claymore Hill, I rode bang into a flock of sheep and came down with a smash. You never saw such a ruin. The lamp and bell were lost com­pletely, the handle-bars were twisted into corkscrews, the tyres were cut to ribbons, the spokes looked like part of a spider's web, my hands and my knees were full of flints, and the worst of it was that the shepherd's dog mistook me for an enemy and I had to beat him off with the spanner, until the shepherd, who seems to have been asleep on the other side of the hedge, heard the noise and came to the rescue.
During this story all the players named would, in the ordinary way, stand up for a moment when their adopted names were mentioned, except at the point when the accident occurs, and then every player bearing the name of a part of the bicycle—the handle-bars, spokes, tyres, chain, air-pump, lamp, wick, bell, spanner, air-pump, nuts—should fall to the ground.
In this game each player chooses the name of a trade. A story is then told, in which the hero calls at different shops and gives the first letter of some purchase which he makes. The player whose shop is mentioned must, before ten can be counted, name a suitable article beginning with the letter given.
There are various feats which can be performed in a small room without injury to furniture. To lie flat on the floor on one's back and be lifted into an upright position by a pair of
Drawing-room acrobatics
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