WHILE searching for additional ideas for my short
series of articles 'Bridge in Literature' in English
Bridge, I was struck by the surprising number of
books that do in fact refer to bridge one way or
another. So to end the series, here's a quiz.
Twelve quotes from works of literature - simply
identify the book and the author for 5 points each.
In the tradition of club duplicate, consider it a game
of twelve rounds, two 'boards' per round, so top
score is 120. Answers on page 52-53.
Be warned, this is not an easy quiz. There's 40 easy
marks for those who read my previous articles (the
duplicate equivalent of 30% 'for turning up'), but
I'd rate a score of 85 or more as pretty impressive,
pushing you above the magic 70% mark.
1. Without waiting for Meyer to play he followed
it, deliberately, with the 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and the two
Then he spoke. 'That's all, Drax,' he said quietly,
and sat slowly back in his chair.
2. 'A grand game of bridge, Mistress Mapp,' said
the Padre. 'Ah, wee wifie's callin' for me. Au
3. 'The fact is, I've played cards a good deal -
bridge; the women all do it; girls too - it's
expected. Sometimes I've won - won a good deal
- but lately I've been unlucky - and of course
such debts can't be paid off gradually --'
4. 'Nine of hearts,' my uncle would say, and I'd set
the ™9 on the table. 'Queen of clubs,' and I'd lay
down the ®Q. He never once forgot what cards
5. There were bridge classes two nights a week in
the old WVS hall. The fee of one and sixpence a
night meant that only respectable people would
attend, and it included tea and biscuits.
Elizabeth enrolled Father and herself as soon as
she saw the poster. […]
Aunt Eileen would have approved of her being
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kind to Father but only wealthy protestant
people like the Grays played bridge in Kilgarret.
6. 'Do you play Vanderbilt or Culbertson?' she
'I have no conventions,' Lena answered in a
happy-go-lucky way. 'I play by the light of
'I play strict Culbertson,' said Arrow acidly.
7. Sir Reuben Hergesheimer was an excellent
bridge player. Both he and Minnie often played
for very high stakes; there was no one else in the
party who was in their class.
8. 'One club.' I noticed that there was a curiously
lilting emphasis on the word 'one,' the first part
of the word drawn out long.
'Ace queen of clubs,' the girl replied wearily.
'King jack of spades. No hearts, and ace jack of
9. 'I can't think why you people don't learn
contract,' said Agnes, who was already dealing.
'Now then, Lady Wraye, you do play one club,
Mandy […] thought enviously of her husband
playing whist, and even of the vicar playing
auction. 'Oh yes,' she said bravely. 'I love one
10. The King choked, Soveral sighed, Mr Franklin
gathered in the trick, played his nine of
diamonds, and Mrs Keppel emitted a most
realistic squeal of dismay as she faced her queen
11. 'Barbara, what system do you prefer? Italian?'
Her eyes widened. 'The only Italian I know is
vermouth, Mr Farnham. I play Goren. Nothing
fancy, I just try to go by the book.'
12. 'Je crois bien − a Grand Slam Vulnerable doubled.
It causes the emotions that! Me, I admit it, I have
not the nerve to go for the slams.' r
Bridge in Literature
Bridge in Literature by Dave Simmons