Games

A traditional form of entertainment at home was parlour games. Sometimes these were very active: in blindman’s buff, one person is blindfolded and has to try and catch another player and identify them. Others are quieter:  for the Yes and No game, one player thinks of an object, and the other players ask questions to find out what the object is. The player can only answer Yes or No. There were lots of different games involving forfeits. For most of them, a player is set a task by the other players. If he or she doesn’t succeed they pay a ‘forfeit’, which is usually something embarrassing, like singing a song in a silly voice, or dancing a silly dance.