When the gentlemen had joined them, and tea was over, the card-tables were placed. Lady Catherine, Sir William, and Mr. and Mrs. Collins sat down to quadrille; and as Miss de Bourgh chose to play at cassino, the two girls had the honour of assisting Mrs. Jenkinson to make up her party. Their table was superlatively stupid. Scarcely a syllable was uttered that did not relate to the game. Except when Mrs. Jenkinson expressed her fears of Miss de Bourgh’s being to hot of too cold, or having too much or too little light. A great deal more passed at the other table. Lady Catherine was generally speaking–stating the mistakes of the three others, or relating some anecdote of herself. Mr. Collins was employed in agreeing to everything her ladyship said, thanking her for every fish he won, and apologizing if he thought he won too many. Sir William did not say much. He was storing his memory with anecdotes and noble names. Part II, chapter 6 (chpt 29)
Quadrille? Cassino? Readers, are any of you familiar with these games?
In earlier chapters of P&P I noted other games: Lanterloo, Lottery Tickets, Commerce, and Picquet. These are unfamiliar to me as well. I did find characters playing Whist of which I have heard. After a quick google search, I found out that “fish” are game tokens. In Elizabeth’s world, the evening entertainment is game playing.
It seems before cable, Netflix and the lure of other screens, families and friends used to play games. My family loves games. Right now Uno and Sequence for Kids are the two most frequently enjoyed in our home. When we entertain friends, we love to break out games that don’t use gingerbread men playing pieces. We dust off board games with strategy (or even without)! Sadly, it is a rather rare occasion that we get to play games with our friends, but when it does happen we always say, “That was so much fun! We should have people over to play games again! Soon!”
So, readers… are you game-y people? Like Lady Catherine, do you pull out the card tables when company arrives? Do you play dice games? Card games? Board games?
Christmas is coming and I can always use ideas for my wish list.