Cards were very popular
Posted by Carolyn on December 05, 1997 at 08:19:49:
In response to games, written by Janie on November 30, 1997 at 17:43:16
] I'm trying to plan a dinner party for some of my friends. I was wondering, what kinds of games did they play in austen's time? for example, Emma is playing some game with churchill involving letters. If they didn't play many games, than what did they do when company came?
] Any response or ideas would be helpful.
Janie, card games were very popular at parties, whist (an early form of Bridge, I believe), piquet, loo, etc.
I do remember reading about one card game that sounded fun, called Horse Racing. The four aces are the horses, and placed at one of the table, then the rest of cards are turned over one by one, the "horses" move forward everytime their suit is turned over. The first "horse" who moves forward 12 times wins.
(I can't say if this is an authentic game or not, I read about it in a Regency romance by Claudette Williams)
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