Well, he is a plucky youngster, and will make a player
," says Brooke.
And it really seemed as if the pageant was in many cases chosen to suit the trade of the players.
Indeed, they were expected to do so, for in 1394 we find the Mayor of York ordering the craftsmen "to bring forth their pageants in order and course by good players, well arrayed and openly speaking, upon pain of losing of 100 shillings, to be paid to the chamber without any pardon.
But while the rehearsing and acting were going on the players received their food, and when it was all over they wound up with a great supper.
It was at this stage that the players sat up and knew beyond peradventure that big hands were out.
In a dead silence, save for the low voices of the three players, the draw was made.
Instantly the player
arose and pointed a finger at the count.
The stage in these volumes presents itself indeed not merely  as a mirror of life, but as an illustration of the utmost intensity of life, in the fortunes and characters of the players
Of course this was a rare occasion--an occasion on which zero had turned up no less than three times within a dozen rounds; yet in such an event there was nothing so very surprising, seeing that, only three days ago, I myself had been a witness to zero turning up THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION, so that one of the players who was recording the coups on paper was moved to remark that for several days past zero had never turned up at all!
Many a lorgnette I saw turned in her direction, and the croupiers' hopes rose high that such an eccentric player was about to provide them with something out of the common.
But it was Lady Lundie's turn to choose a second player
on her side.
Thus the man, as well as the player
, may condemn what he himself acts; nay, it is common to see vice sit as awkwardly on some men, as the character of Iago would on the honest face of Mr William Mills.