Grant and her sister, that after making up the whist-table there would remain sufficient for a round game, and everybody being as perfectly complying and without a choice as on such occasions they always are, speculation was decided on almost as soon as whist; and Lady Bertram soon found herself in the critical situation of being applied to for her own choice between the games, and being required either to draw a card
for whist or not.
Please place your money on the cards
or I may get muddled in the reckoning.
As he sat musing over his cigarette his eyes fell upon a mirror before him, and in it he saw reflected a table at which four men sat at cards
Then he shrugged his shoulders and gathered up the cards
I took out first a loose bundle of ornamental cards
, each containing the list of dishes at past banquets given or attended by the Major in London or Paris; next, a box full of delicately tinted quill pens (evidently a lady's gift); next, a quantity of old invitation cards
; next, some dog's-eared French plays and books of the opera; next, a pocket-corkscrew, a bundle of cigarettes, and a bunch of rusty keys; lastly, a passport, a set of luggage labels, a broken silver snuff-box, two cigar-cases, and a torn map of Rome.
The dresser-drawer in the pantry contained a choice selection of miscellaneous objects--a pack of cards
being among them.
Generally in an hour and a half the twenty-one menu cards
were written and ready.
But Alan and Cluny were most of the time at the cards
, and I am clear that Alan must have begun by winning; for I remember sitting up, and seeing them hard at it, and a great glittering pile of as much as sixty or a hundred guineas on the table.
At games of cards
he was equally skilful; for though he would constantly lose money at the commencement of an evening, playing so carelessly and making such blunders, that newcomers were often inclined to think meanly of his talent; yet when roused to action and awakened to caution by repeated small losses, it was remarked that Crawley's play became quite different, and that he was pretty sure of beating his enemy thoroughly before the night was over.
Presents are made to the Boffin servants, and bland strangers with business- cards
meeting said servants in the street, offer hypothetical corruption.
Nell, they're--they're playing cards
,' whispered the old man, suddenly interested.
From this he took a pencil and a card
-- hesitated and considered for a moment -- wrote rapidly on the card
-- and placed it, with the politest alacrity, in Miss Garth's hand.