What Shall We Do Now?
of blanks in the story should be equal to the number of cards, and in order that the story may run on smoothly it is well for the next player always to glance at his top card just before his turn, so as to bring it out readily and naturally. The following story, which makes provision for nearly fifty cards, should be found serviceable until a better and more personal one is written. It will add to the amusement if the player who reads it substitutes the names of real shops and, if he likes, real people :—
Attention. It was Miss Flitters's birthday, and she woke with a start and hurried down to see what the postman had brought. There were five parcels and a letter. The letter was from Miss Bitters. " Dear Miss Flitters," it ran, " I am so sorry to hear of your cold, and in the hope that it will do you
good, I am sending you a------. I always find it excellent, although Mother
prefers------. We both wish you many happy returns of the day." The
other presents were, from Miss Ditters a handsome------, from Miss Glitters
a delicate------, and from Miss Hitters a particularly refined------. " Dear
me !" said Miss Flitters, " what a useful gift! just exactly what I wanted." She then sat down to breakfast, which, this being a special day, consisted of
------. " I did my best to do it to a turn," said the cook, as she laid it on
the table with her own hands. " Mary said as how you'd prefer a ------,
but, bless your 'eart, Miss Flitters, I know your tastes best." " You do, indeed," said Miss Flitters. " The thing is perfectly cooked. It's delicious.
It reminds me of------. To-day," she added, " I am giving a party, and I
want you to let us have a very charming meal. I will get the things directly after breakfast. What do you think we shall need ? " " Well, ma'am," said the cook, " you may please yourself about everything else, but we've done
without a------for so long, that I must have one." " Quite right," said her
She then prepared for going out; and seeing that it looked like rain, took
a------from the cupboard and on her head tied a------. " Bless your 'eart,
mum," cried the cook, " you've forgot your smelling salts. Suppose you was to feel faint—what then ? Never mind," she added, " this'll do just as well"—
handing her a------. Miss Flitters hurried off at such a pace that she ran
right into the vicar. " I beg your pardon," she exclaimed, " I mistook you
for a------." " May I come with you ?" asked the vicar. " Most certainly,"
said Miss Flitters.
They went first to Buszard's for a------, and selected two particularly juicy
ones. Then to Marshall and Snelgrove's for a------. "Is this for the complexion ?" asked the vicar, picking up a------ from the counter. " La, sir,"
said Miss Flitters, " how little you know of domestic life !" Then they went