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a trick; but if the queen should be on your left hand, and you should play the ace, and then re­turn the knave, admitting your left-hand adver­sary to put on the queen, which he ought to do, it is above 2 to 1 that one of the adversaries has the ten, and you thus gain no tricks.
11.  Should your partner have led from the ace, and you have king, knave, and one small trump, by putting on your knave, and returning the king, it answers exactly the purpose of the former rule.
In other suits practise the same method.
12.  Should you be strong in trumps, and have king, queen, and two or three small cards in any other suit, lead a small one, it being 5 to 4 that your partner has an honour in that suit, but if weak in trumps, begin with the king.
13.  Should your right-hand adversary lead a suit of which you have king, queen, and two or three small cards, you, being strong in trumps, may pass it, because it is an equal wager that your partner has a better card than the third hand; if not by your strength in trumps, you need not fear making that suit.
14.  If your right-hand adversary lead a suit of which you have king, queen, and one small card, whether in trumps or not, play the queen ; if you have queen, knave, and one small card, put on the knave ; and if you have knave, ten, and one small card, the ten : by putting up the lower one of the two, your partner expects you have a better card or cards in the same suit: and by the calculations annexed to this treatise, he may judge what are the odds for or against him.
15. When you have ace, king, and two small cards in any suit, being strong in trumps ; if your
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