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|Who really won the alleged game of billiards, anyway?
Written by Tom P2
(3/20/2009 7:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Really? I can, penned by TimLee
Now, if billiard-type games around 1800 were anything like they are these days, a single great shot wouldn't be enough to turn the game around. (A single poor shot, like sinking the black prematurely in pool, is another matter.) So beating General 'billiard room beside his bedroom' Tilney sounds about as likely as repairing the mistakes of the most experienced huntsman (ch9).
That's all if the general even deigned to play billiards with that whelp in the first place. I'm not convinced that he did. John Thorpe may have built up his delusion from nothing more than seeing him in the distance at the Bedford.
Did he really take part in hunts? That's an expensive activity, and his gig horse doesn't sound much like a hunter. How could a money-strapped Thorpe afford to take part in something that substantially helped to drive 600-pound-a-year Mr Willoughby deep into debt? Did rich men lend him hunters because of his winsome ways?!
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