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524. Cards
"My business has been to view, as opportunity was offered, every place in which mankind was to be seen; but at card tables, however brilliant, I have always thought my visit lost, for I could know nothing of the company, but their clothes and their faces. I saw their looks clouded at the beginning of every game with a uniform solicitude, now and then in its progress varied with a short triumph, at one time wrinkled with cunning, at another deadened with despondency, or by accident flushed with rage at the unskilled or unlucky play of a partner. From such assemblies, in whatever humour I happened to enter them, I was quickly forced to retire; they were too trifling for me when I was grave, and too dull when I was cheerful."
Johnson: Rambler #10 (April 21, 1750)

999. Cards; Conviviality; Society
"I am very sorry I have not learned to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness and consolidates society."
Boswell: Tour to the Hebrides


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