Once started, it was a quiet game, with little or no conversation, though all about the players the place was a-roar.
Every player's eyes were on her face as she scanned the cards, but no sign did she give.
Instantly the player
arose and pointed a finger at the count.
Doran's long and interesting records of the triumphs of Garrick, and other less familiar, but in their day hardly less astonishing, players
, do not relieve one of the doubt.
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.
You can't be expected to appreciate the delicate strokes of play, the turns by which a game is lost and won--it takes an old player to do that; but the broad philosophy of football you can understand if you will.
"Well, he is a plucky youngster, and will make a player," says Brooke.
At other times the players overflowed, as it were, into the audience.
And it really seemed as if the pageant was in many cases chosen to suit the trade of the players. The water-drawers of Chester, for instance, acted the Flood.
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.