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What Shall We Do Now?              145
Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet a sea,
There I'll establish a city for me,
A kirk and a mill, and a palace beside,
And a harbour as well where my vessels may ride.
And (in " The Land of Story-Books "):—
Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the wall, And follow round the forest track Away behind the sofa back.
There, in the night, where none can spy, All in my hunter's camp I lie, And play at books that I have read Till it is time to go to bed.
That is ordinary play. There is also a poem describing play in bed :—
My bed is like a little boat ;
Nurse helps me in when I embark ; She girds me in my sailor's coat
And starts me in the dark.
When more than one sleep in the same room, the time before sleep can be very interesting. Many games which have already been described are suitable for bed, such as " Telling Stories" (p. 80), "I Love my Love" (p. 125), "Spelling" (p. 126), "The Grand Mogul" (p. 126), "Rhyming Lights" (p. 127), "The Apprentice" (p. 127), "Towns and Products" (p. 127), "Sugges­tions" (p. 78), and "Clumps," adapted (p. 80).
On this subject B. R. L. writes :—" We made a list, which was stuck on the wall with a different game for each night. One was ' I Love my Love with an A' (see p. 1 25), which we steadily made up all through the alphabet. Another was ' Initials,' in which you take turns in saying the initials of people you know, while the other guesses the names. Another was ' Twenty Questions,' in
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Story-books,
The bed boat.
Thinking games for bed.
Games by rote.
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