146 What Shall We Do Now?
which one thinks of something that has to be guessed as quickly as possible, only ' yes' and ' no' being given as answers. One very girlish game was like this: Suppose you had a little girl with golden hair and blue eyes, and she was going on a visit to London, what sort of frocks would you buy her ? "
E. H. recommends for girls the "Imaginary Family" game.
This is her description of it:—" First you have to settle the
names, ages, and characters of your family, and then you can
carry on their adventures every night. One little girl who was
devoted to books of travel, and who loved to pore over maps and
charts, used to travel with her family every night in whatever
country she happened to be interested in at the time. Thus she
and a favourite son, Pharaoh, travelled for a long time in
California, crossing every mountain-range by the proper passes,
exploring every valley, tracing each river to its source, and so on.
In the same way she travelled with her family in Central and
South America, the Malay Peninsula, and the South Sea Islands.
Another little girl who was very fond of adventure stories carried
her family through all sorts of perils by land and sea. At one
time they were shipwrecked and lived like the Swiss Family
Robinson. At another time they were exploring Central Africa,
and travelled about with three years' supplies in a gigantic caravan
with fifty elephants. Yet another little girl had for her family
any characters out of books that particularly fascinated her.
Thus, when she was reading The Heroes, her family was reduced
to one daughter, Medea, a rather terrible daughter, who needed a
great deal of propitiating, and for whose sake all other children
had to be given up. Later on, when the same child was reading
Tales of a Grandfather, her family consisted of three sons, Wallace,
Bruce, and Douglas. (It is rather a good thing, by the way, to
have a very heroic family, especially if you are at all inclined to
be afraid in the dark, as they help to keep one's courage up.)
Two little girls, who lived in a clergyman's household, had an