I kept the appointment in a room where card-playing
is continually in progress; and, after tea had been drunk, efforts were made to induce me to gamble.
In the large and pleasant salon which extended across the width of the house, the Ratignolles entertained their friends once a fortnight with a soiree musicale, sometimes diversified by card-playing
. There was a friend who played upon the 'cello.
On the contrary, he gained a creditable record as a student, although it is admitted that he contracted debts and had "an ungovernable passion for card-playing
." These debts may have led to his quarrel with Mr.
'I have looked at your fingers,' said he, 'and my fancy for card-playing
has gone,' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water.
By this time the card-playing
is over, and the bottles and glasses are again upon the table; and after an hour's pleasant conversation about the ship, the passengers, and things in general, the captain (who never goes to bed, and is never out of humour) turns up his coat collar for the deck again; shakes hands all round; and goes laughing out into the weather as merrily as to a birthday party.
Salters protested that this kind of yarn was desperately wicked, if not indeed positively blasphemous, but he listened as greedily as the others; and their criticisms at the end gave Harvey entirely new notions on "germans," clothes, cigarettes with gold-leaf tips, rings, watches, scent, small dinner-parties, champagne, card-playing
, and hotel accommodation.
I can imagine de Barral accustomed for years to defer to her wishes and, either through arrogance, or shyness, or simply because of his unimaginative stupidity, remaining outside the social pale, knowing no one but some card-playing
cronies; I can picture him to myself terrified at the prospect of having the care of a marriageable girl thrust on his hands, forcing on him a complete change of habits and the necessity of another kind of existence which he would not even have known how to begin.
With that, Dunstan slammed the door behind him, and left Godfrey to that bitter rumination on his personal circumstances which was now unbroken from day to day save by the excitement of sporting, drinking, card-playing
, or the rarer and less oblivious pleasure of seeing Miss Nancy Lammeter.
I recalled my mental states from the midnight prayer to the foolish card-playing
. I had a violent revulsion of feeling.
The city's museums are open for free and the senior citizens' agency organised an afternoon Scrabble and card-playing
gathering so evacuated residents would have places to go.
Migrant and villager, husband and wife, old and young--all could play against one another as long as they abided by the rules of card-playing
civility and promoted equality within Gende society.
Activities that stimulate thought, new ideas, new memories, and provide mental challenges, including card-playing
, checkers, doing crosswords or jigsaw puzzles, may help reduce risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, recent research shows.