"So you are not afraid to play with me?" repeated Dolokhov, and as if about to tell a good story he put down the cards, leaned back in his chair, and began deliberately with a smile:
"Oh, those Moscow gossips!" said Dolokhov, and he took up the cards with a smile.
"I know that I speak, for the last time, to one who cheats at cards
," replied the fellow.
To the Virgin's amazement, Daylight held up his three queens, discarding his eights and calling for two cards
. And this time not even she dared look at what he had drawn.
"So far, we have spoken before these two, because it was as well that the merits of the cards
should not rest solely between you and me.
Arnold looked at his hand--and "proposed." Anne declined to change the cards
. Arnold announced, with undiminished good-humor, that he saw his way clearly, now, to losing the game, and then played his first card--the Queen of Trumps!
'Now bully boy,' said the stout man, raising his eyes from his cards
for the first time, 'can't you let him speak?'
Sarah recognised the first card
she had typewritten that afternoon.
Apparently his master's reception of the card
had impressed the powdered-headed footman in Sam's favour, for when he came back from delivering it, he smiled in a friendly manner, and said that the answer would be ready directly.
But Alan and Cluny were most of the time at the cards
, and I am clear that Alan must have begun by winning; for I remember sitting up, and seeing them hard at it, and a great glittering pile of as much as sixty or a hundred guineas on the table.
At games of cards
he was equally skilful; for though he would constantly lose money at the commencement of an evening, playing so carelessly and making such blunders, that newcomers were often inclined to think meanly of his talent; yet when roused to action and awakened to caution by repeated small losses, it was remarked that Crawley's play became quite different, and that he was pretty sure of beating his enemy thoroughly before the night was over.
About a week or ten days after Miss Verinder had left us, one of my clerks entered the private room at my office, with a card
in his hand, and informed me that a gentleman was below, who wanted to speak to me.
Thus much from his card
. He had come "about the lady yesterday." Thus much from Annie, who had shown him into the dining-room.
Michel Ardan was right when he compared this map to a "Tendre card
," got up by a Scudary or a Cyrano de Bergerac.
"The people at the police station close by," pursued Lady Janet, "have instructions to send an experienced man, in plain clothes, to any address indicated on your card
the moment they receive it.