my dear lady; the 'Domino
Noir'"--and bustled back again to the piano.
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.
Jones expressed some surprize on this occasion, and declared it must be some mistake; but the maid persisting that she was certain of the name, all the women were desirous of having the bundle immediately opened; which operation was at length performed by little Betsy, with the consent of Mr Jones: and the contents were found to be a domino
, a mask, and a masquerade ticket.
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
Jo peeped into his half-open eye, felt his little heart, and finding him stiff and cold, shook her head, and offered her domino
box for a coffin.
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.