Saturday, 28 April 2012


The Importance of Being Earnest, of course: but I wonder if Wilde's imagination was informed by the fact that the standard nineteenth-century book on the game of Whist was by a chap called Bunbury? (Henry Charles Bunbury, The whist-player: the Laws and Practice of Short-Whist Explained, 2nd ed., 1858). Bunburying is another kind of game, after all.

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