Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Dog and Duck

"Many of the old English games linger on, half-forgotten, played vehemently perhaps; but only by a few initiates."

"You entered by a door, which may be imagined to be in the middle of the top of the D. Here the alley widens to right and left, making a sort of bay in front of the door. This space, marked off by a white line, is called 'Bocardo', in humorous allusion to a mode of the Fourth Figure in Scholastic Logic. If you got into this figure, you had considerable difficulty in getting out again, in getting back into the more natural first figure."

- Arthur Machen, Dog and Duck, The Travellers' Library, 1926.

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