Saturday, July 13, 2013

How to Win at Croquet, 1867

"It is often the case that you and an enemy may both be in position for the last bridge. In such a case as a general rule roquet him, then croquet or roquet-croquet through the bridge, roquet again and croquet him against the starting post, thus depriving the other side of a rover, and gaining the advantage." 
Caroline L. Smith, Popular Pastimes for Field and Fireside (1867)
Just remember this handy rhyme: roquet, croquet/roquet-croquet, roquet, croquet = OK! Actually, don't. Your neurons will short-circuit and you'll end up shambling around aimlessly with mallet aloft, like those poor confused Victorians in the illustration.

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