Some reading was done, and much smoking and sewing, though not by the same parties; there were the monsters of the deep to be looked after and wondered at; strange ships had to be scrutinized through opera-glasses, and sage decisions arrived at concerning them; and more than that, everybody took a personal interest in seeing that the flag was run up and politely dipped three times in response to the salutes of those strangers; in the smoking room there were always parties of gentlemen playing euchre, draughts and dominoes
, especially dominoes
, that delightfully harmless game; and down on the main deck, "for'rard"-- for'rard of the chicken-coops and the cattle--we had what was called "horse billiards." Horse billiards is a fine game.
Then Jake and I played dominoes
, while Otto wrote a long letter home to his mother.
From every street and every corner drove carriages filled with clowns, harlequins, dominoes
, mummers, pantomimists, Transteverins, knights, and peasants, screaming, fighting, gesticulating, throwing eggs filled with flour, confetti, nosegays, attacking, with their sarcasms and their missiles, friends and foes, companions and strangers, indiscriminately, and no one took offence, or did anything but laugh.
Browning might say, as his wife said in an early preface, I never mistook pleasure for the final cause of poetry, nor leisure for the hour of the poet--as indeed he has himself said, to much the same effect, in a letter printed many years ago: I never pretended to offer such literature as should be a substitute for a cigar or a game at dominoes
to an idle man."
We must first admit that the devil plays any game at all, and then find out what game; possibly dominoes
Cruncher himself always spoke of the year of our Lord as Anna Dominoes
: apparently under the impression that the Christian era dated from the invention of a popular game, by a lady who had bestowed her name upon it.)
He was playing dominoes
with a Frenchman, and greeted the new-comers with a quiet smile; he did not speak, but as if to make room for them pushed away the little pile of saucers on the table which indicated the number of drinks he had already consumed.
The Accountant had brought out already a box of dominoes
, and was toying architecturally with the bones.
Besides the two men, a notched and disfigured bench, immovable from the wall, with a draught-board rudely hacked upon it with a knife, a set of draughts, made of old buttons and soup bones, a set of dominoes
, two mats, and two or three wine bottles.
Lying in bed all day and playing at dominoes
, like poor Lord Plessy, would be more private and bearable."
Said Selim's teeth rattled on the floor like dominoes
. But he shouldn't have done it.
"But I have provided for the contingency, my friends," replied Michel; "you have only to speak, and I have chess, draughts, cards, and dominoes
at your disposal; nothing is wanting but a billiard-table."