Catherine was disturbed and out of spirits; but Isabella seemed to find a pool of commerce, in the fate of which she shared, by private partnership with Morland, a very good equivalent for the quiet and country air of an inn at Clifton. Northanger Abbey How to Play Commerce Card parties were a common way to while away an evening. Whether as a small group in a private home, or as an alternative to dancing at an assembly or ball, they were an acceptable pastime for anyone in any staion. For more information on card parties, visit The Georgian Index. Deck: 52 card deck with Aces high Players: 3 to 12 Object: To finish with the best hand Highest: 3 of a kind, called a Tricon Next: 3 Cards of a suit and sequence Last: The greatest pip-value of 2 or 3 cards of the same suit, counting Acesa s 11, Court Cards as 10 and others at numerical value. If equal, a 3 card flush beats a 2 card one. If still equal, the tied player nearest in turn after the dealer wins. Preliminaries: Each player contributes to the pot. The dealer deals 3 cards to each player. Play: The player to the left of the dealer bids to buy or trade. To buy, she gives a chip to the dealer for a card from the deck and discards a card which is placed at the bottom of the deck. To trade, she offers to pass a card
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