The leader of the game commences it by asking each of his companions in turn, ” What is my thought like ? ” to which they reply at hazard, by mentioning anything that first comes into their thoughts, of course avoiding naming the same thing twice over, as that incurs the penalty of a forfeit. The leader carefully notes down all the answers he receives, and then revealing his thought, desires to know what the thing thought of resembles in what it has been compared to.
John.—Charles, what is my thought like?
Charles.—A young girl.
John.—Alfred, it is your turn.
Alfred.—A beautiful woman.
John.—And you, Cecil?
John.—My thought was a rose; so now, Charles, tell me why a rose is like a young girl.
Charles.—Because it is loveliest when only half-blown.
John.—And why a queen?
James.—Because the rose is the queen of all flowers.
John.—Harry, why is a rose like a lion?
Harry.—Because it is one of the emblems of England.
John.—And why, Tom, is it like beauty?
Tom.—Because it soon fades.
John.—William, why is it like an oak?
William.—Because both spring from the earth.
John.—And you, Alfred; why is a rose like a beautiful woman?
Alfred.—Because its fragrance often remains after the charms are faded.
John.—Andrew, why is a rose like hope?
Andrew.—Because in returning sunshine it forgets the past storm.
John.—Arthur, why is a rose like a hedgehog?
Arthur.—Because its thorns defend it from a rough grasp.
John.—You, Ben, having fixed upon the same thing as myself, must pay a forfeit. Cecil, why is a rose like a vine?
Cecil.—Because in old times they were both considered essential to a banquet. I can think of nothing better.
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EVERY BOY’S BOOK: A COMPLETE ENCYCLOPÆDIA OF SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS.
EDITED BY EDMUND ROUTLEDGE.
With more than Six Hundred Illustrations
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