Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Chap. XII.]                      Book Teas.                                   155-
which has something to recommend it. The players assemble at the house to which they are invited, and come provided with cards to pin on to themselves, so that when seated round a room in something like a circle all the cards shall be sufficiently conspicuous and legible. Each person has already chosen for his or her card some well-known book, the name of which is indicated by what in old-fashioned language used to be called a Rebus. Perhaps in order to make the matter quite clear, I had better quote the Imperial Dictionary definition of a Rebus :" Words or phrases written by figures or pictures of objects whose names resemble in sound those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; an enigmatical representation of words by using figures or pictures instead of words; thus ' I can see you' might be expressed by figures or pictures of an eye, a can, the sea, and a ewe."
Applied as a game bringing in books, the titles of the books have to be indicated by pictures or sketches, often, it must be confessed, rather far-fetched in character. For instance, the well-known novel Bed Pottage, might be indicated by a little pot painted red with a picture by its side of an old woman. Again, They that walk in Darkness might be indicated by a picture of a black beetle, and so on.
" jBjr shorts like flrese are all t^ir raws biguileo."(Goldsmith.)
" | m a gnat fricno to public amusements, for ibeg fceru jrtouU from bice."(L)r. Johnson.)
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