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Number 8. s people is the game. So all that great foul city of London there-rattling, growling. smoking, stinking-a ghastly heap of fermenting brickwork, pouring out poison at every pore, -you fancy it is a city of work? Not a street of it It is a great, city of play ; very nasty play, and very hard play, but still play. It is only Lord's cricket-ground without the turf :-a huge billiard-table without the cloth,and with pockets as deep as the bottomless pit; but mainly a billiardil-table, aster all. Well, the first great, English game is this playing at counters. It differs from the rest, in that it appears always to be producing money, while overy other game is expensive. But it, does not always produce money. "There's a great difference between winning money and making it. : a great, difference between getting it out of another man's pocket, into ours, or filling both. Collecting money is by no means thic same thing as making it; the tax-gatherer's house is not the Mint, ; and much of the apparent gain (so called), in commerce, is only a form of taxation on carriage or exchange. ()ur hunting and shooting, are costly altogether : next great English game, however, and how much we are fined for then annually in land, horses, gamekeepers, and gaine laws, and all else that accompanies that beautiful and special English game, I will not endeavour to count now ; but note only that, except for exercise, this is not merely a useless game, but a deadly one, to all connected with it. For through horse-racing, you get every for in of what the higher classes every where call Play, in distinction from all other plays; that, isgambling; by no means a beneficial or recreative game : and, through game-preserving, you get also Rome curious laying out of ground ; that beautiful arrangement of dwelling-house for Inan and beast, by which we have grouse and blackcock-so many brace to the acre, and men and wonnen i se miany bracc to the: garret, . I (often woller what the a ing('li' bull ' i s al : r : SLLMLSSSAAASSS MS LLSLLSS TSSSLLLLLSSSAS ASSLALASSSAAAASLSLSAMAASAALSLSSSMSSSS na arra vr= grouma---- RUSKIN ON WORK 399 maar am ـــر ക്ഷീയ voyors-the angelic builders who build the many mansions up above there; and the angelic sn rveyors who measured that four-square city with their measuring reeds-I wonder what they think, or are supposed to think, of the laying out of ground by this nation, which has set itself, as it seems, literally, to accomplish, word for word, or rather fact for word, in the persons of those poor whom its Master left to represent him, what that Master said of himself-that foxes and birds had homes, but Ie () , Then, next to the gentlemen's game of hunting, we must put the ladies' gaine of dressing. It is not, the cheapest, of games. I saw a brooch at a jeweller's in Bond Street a fortnight, ago, not an inch wide, and without any singular And I wish could tell you what this "play costs, altogether, But, it is a pretty game, and on certain terms I like jewel in it, yet worth Cooo. in England, France, and Russia annually. it ; nay, I don't sec it played quito as much as I would fain have it. You ladies like to lead the fashion :-by all means lead it-lead it thoroughly-lead it, far enough. Dress yon rselves nicely, and dress everybody else nicely. lead the /etshions/or the poor first ; make them look well, and you yourselves will look in ways of which you have now no conception, all the better. The fashions you have set for some time {{tnong your peasantry are not pretty one8 ; their doublets are too irregularly slashed, and the wind blows too frankly through them. Then there are other games, wild enough, as I could show you if I had time. There's playing at literature, and playing at art ;-very different, both, from working at literaturc, or working at art, but I've no tine to speak of these. I pass to the greatest of allthe play of plays, the great gentleman's gaine, which ladies like them best, to play at-the game of War. It is entrancingly pleasant to the imagination ; the facts of it, not always so pleasant. We li css fur it, however, more finu ely r · sasaabusa