Posted by Ian on July 15, 1998 at 09:16:06:
In response to Billiards and Pool, written by Caroline on July 10, 1998 at 23:24:34
As observed in P&P2, Darcy is playing a game of Billiards when Lizzy happens to come into the wrong room at Netherfield. I noticed that he potted the red in anger after she left the room, so that table obviously had pockets. Anyway, that is by-the-bye. I have read that Mozart was keen on the game too. As my Grandfather taught me, Billiards is a game that can be played by one or two. There are of course many variations, but the scoring generally remains the same regardless of the type of game. Since the higher the score one gets is the better course to follow, it is best if the player does not pot any of the balls. Scoring with canons is the most valuable since if you pot either your own cue, your opponent's cue, or the red ball that lessens the opportunities of continued scoring. Hmmm, is this making sense? Perhaps someone better placed than I could comment, but I'm under the impression pockets on tables started to become more fashionable about the Regency period?
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