Dangerous games

tea cup I’m planning a party, and I love old games like “Hide in Sight” or “Light as a feather, stiff as a board,” so I was looking through a book about Victorian parlor games. I came across one called “Cupid’s Box,” in which a player draws a slip of paper that says “To Love,” “To Kiss” or “To Dismiss.” I thought, oh, how sweet, it’s a version of “Marry, F*#%, Kill” that you can explain to friends who were raised by nice people.

Then I read the rest of the rules, and saw that I was wrong. You should play “Cupid’s Box” at a big party, because the person you choose to love, kiss or dismiss has to be in the room. If you choose to kiss them, you really do kiss them then and there; someone who is dismissed has to pay a penalty, and the rules are unclear about what happens in the case of love.

Victorian games usually sound so charming and innocent, but this one could turn nasty. Maybe the people I knew when I was a young lady were more unstable than average, (OK, cross out “maybe”) but I tell you, I can think of few party activities more likely to result in stitches, car theft, or girls locking themselves in the bathroom.

Still…I may buy my own copy of this book. Somehow, it’s just hard to resist.


Photo credit to dklimke under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License


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