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Another Fictional Bridge Reference

This novel is copyright 1951, & is may be set a year or two earlier. The setting is a private home in Charles Street, London; where an 11 table duplicate is about to take place.

 

"Earnest players, itching to to inspect the hands stuck into the slots of the duplicate-boards, in vain suggested that Bridge and not conversation was the order of the evening. A babel of voices made play impossible, for besides the inveterate recounters of anecdotes, there was a strong faction of persons bent on making known the systems which governed their play; a still stronger one of those who were willing to play any convention, but who required to be reminded of the rules governing all but their particular choice; several nervous people who had never played duplicate Bridge before and had to have the procedure explained to them; one or two ladies of terrifying aspect, who warned their partners in menacing accents that they expected to be taken out of a No Trump call; and a small clique of fanatics who filled in the time before play started by describing in a very boring way the interesting hands they had held recently, and the skill with which they had made their contracts.

However, the united and patient efforts of the two scorers, Mrs Haddington and Miss Birtley, at last prevailed, and a sudden silence fell."

 

 

You can certainly Google it, but I am curious to know how many actually recognize it.

 

The  scene is reminiscent of the beginning of some club games.

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