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Charade (acted)

 Charades (Acted)

A drawing room with folded doors is the best for the purpose. Various household appliances are employed to fit up something like a stage, and to supply the fitting scenes. Characters dressed in costumes made up of handkerchiefs, coats, shawls, table-covers, &c, come on and perform an extempore play, founded upon the parts of a word, and its whole , as indicated already. For instance, the events explained in the poem given might be acted —glasses might be rung for bells—something might be said in the course of the dialogues about the sound of the bells being delightful to the ear ; there might be a dance of the villagers, in which a ring  might be formed; a wedding might be performed, and so on: but for acting charades  there are many better words, because Ear-ring  could with difficulty be represented  without at once betraying the meaning. There  is a little work entitled "Philosophy and Mirth united by Pen and Pencil," and another work, "Our Charades; and How we Played Them,"1  by Jean Francis, which supply a large number of these Charades. But the following is the most extensive list of words ever published upon which Charades may be founded:

Footnote 1:  "Philosophy and Mirth, united by Pen and Pencil," One Shilling.

"Our Charades; and How we played Them," by Jean Francis, One Shilling.

Both published by Houlston and Sons, Paternoster Square, London, EC.