What does the way you play games say about your personality? Maybe not much has changed since 1927 …
I have myriad interests and one sees me regularly searching through old newspapers. Just today I was browsing an edition of “The Mail” a newspaper in Adelaide with the date of Saturday 16th July, 1927 when my eye caught the following article about the different types of personalities that play the card game “Bridge”. Rest assured that the article is from more sexist times (and an adjacent cigarette ad shows “golliwog” style workers), but I think the article is interesting anyway.
(Notes for understanding: Bridge is a card game in the same family as “500” and “Hearts”, played in teams of two. At the start of each game (hand) you need to “call” – to predict how many times you will beat the other players. Each time you beat the others is called a “trick” and the cards you won get piled next to you. “Hoodoo” is an old expression meaning being cursed.)
“A clean hearth, a bright fire, and the rigor of the game,” – was Mrs. Battle’s recipe for a good game of whist (writes an authority). The same component parts are needed for bridge during these winter evenings.
Bridge is an excellent name for the most popular game of the moment. In the past quadrille was so named because it took four people to play; bridge is aptly called so, for it bridges strangeness between players old and young, and those awkward moments of silence, because people who are gathered together may not have any mutual interests.
The fortune-telling pack is no less revealing than the bridge hand. There is the grumbler, who has a hoo-doo, and makes a regular oratorio of her bad luck.
The arithmetician, who is so wanting in the power of keeping her score correctly that she always queries every marking; the player who gives withering glances because her partner has not played up to the “Campbell Convention” – which is a sin — or, perhaps, some new convention, that is a new one to the player.
It is curious to note most men play a little slower than women; but then women are more reckless in their calling than men. Those women who play a sound game look upon “Chatty Bridge” as the greatest sin in the calendar. So far bridge is the only power which has managed to silence women’s tongues — even for a little while.
Half the horror of a tedious day in the train is robbed of its boredom when a couple of packs of cards are produced and a keen game of bridge makes the hours fly. Bridge is one of the greatest time-killers ever invented.
It is strange in how many different ways people gather up their tricks. Some make an untidy pile — a clear sign that the delinquent is either an artist or a woman who keeps her dressing table with all its implements in a heedless disarray, and in the kitchen the wrong pots are used when cooking. Other women – arrange their cards in a cross-cross fashion— they have usually criss-cross minds, and their temper is usually an unpleasant factor in family life. The woman who puts her tricks so that they are easily counted shows an orderly mind — she would tabulate everything in life in its correct form.
There are people with trick deals, who seem to flick the cards off in to four neat piles; others who shuffle the cards with a masterly movement.
What do you think? Perhaps you resemble some of those types of people?