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58               What Shall We Do Now?
on. The characters of towns and nations may be written in the same way, using all the letters of the word as the initials.
A more difficult game is " Riddles." At the top of the paper is written anything that you can think of: "A soldier," " A new dress," " A fit of the blues," " A railway accident"—anything that suggests itself. The paper is passed on and anything else is written, no matter what. It is passed on again and opened. Suppose that the two things written on it are, first, " A Member of Parliament," and second, " A pair of skates." The duty of the player is to treat them as a riddle, and, asking the question either as " Why is a member of Parliament like a pair of skates?" or "What is the difference between a member of Parliament and a pair of skates ? " (whichever way one prefers), to supply a reasonable answer. This game, it will be seen, is suited particularly to clever people.
This is a game that needs a certain amount of readiness and some skill with words. Each of the party writes at the top of a piece of paper a question of any kind whatever, such as " How old was Caesar when he died ?" or " What is your favourite colour ? " The paper is folded over and passed on, and the next player writes a word—any word—such as " electricity," " potato," " courageously," " milk." The papers are then passed on once more and opened, and the task of each player is to write a rhyme in which the question on his paper is answered and the word on his paper is introduced.
" Consequences" is always a favourite game when a party has reached its frivolous mood. The method of playing is this : Sheets of paper and pencils are handed round, and every one writes at the head (i) an adjective suitable to be applied to a man, such as " Handsome." This word is then folded over so that it cannot be read, and each paper is passed on to the next person. The name of a man (2) is then written, either some
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