Then one, greatly daring, did try to touch him...but a skeleton hand shot out of a crimson sleeve and violently seized the rash one's wrist; and he, feeling the clutch of the knucklebones
, the furious grasp of Death, uttered a cry of pain and terror.
But The Scullery Maid and The Cellar Boy differ from the paintings on which Fried's discussion of Chardin rests--paintings of readers, artists sketching, children playing knucklebones
, blowing bubbles, building houses of cards--because, in those, the central figure's attention is absorbed in the activity they are undertaking: activities that are unproductive but nonetheless pursued with a concentration which is fully engaged.
By eschewing interior games like carrom, cards or knucklebones
, Sen fails to account for the role of women in the history of sports and games especially during the ancient and medieval periods.
The game, also knows as knucklebones
, was a playground sensation.
The author has organized the main body of her text alphabetically by topical entry, covering a wide variety of sports and activities from around the world, including Aussie rule football, bull running, conkers, dwile flonking, extreme ironing, foxhunting, glima, hurling, jacks and knucklebones
, korfball, lawnmower racing, Mongolian wrestling, Nordic walking, orienteering and regaining, pancake races, quidditch, rounderAEs, shin kicking, trampolining, underwater hockey, volcano boarding, wife carrying, yoga, zorbing, and many others.
There is a detectable provision for care and play in small finds--a dolls eye, two knucklebones
, a marble, a harmonica and glass salad oil bottles, condiment/pickle jars and cordial indicate small privileges.
The attendant goes on to relate how religiosity gave way to obsession: the young man would cast knucklebones
to determine the goddess's favor and scrawl love-drunk graffiti over every wall and tree of the shrine, praising the goddess as "Aphrodite the Beautiful," and Praxiteles as another Zeus, until he reached a fever pitch of lust:
Brought up on tales of the father who would come one day, he accepted this giant with green eyes and a high, bony nose who crouched down to play knucklebones
and took him up to tell stories.
There are KNUCKLEBONES
who spend their time knocking everything that everyone else has done.
Presence of children (toy car, knucklebones
, pen nib, nappy pin).
There were also old fashioned games such as noughts and crosses and knucklebones
, writing up family trees, the sharing of stories and drawings and a sing a long featuring songs of yesteryear.