trow there be not
one among ye," quoth the Nun,
on a later
"that doth not know that many monks do oft pass the time in play at
certain games, albeit they be not lawful for them.
games, such as
cards and the game of chess, do they cunningly hide from the abbot's
by putting them away in hole at
they have cut out of the very hearts
of great books that be upon their shelves.
greatly blamed if she do likewise?
I will show a little riddle game
we do sometimes play among ourselves when the good abbess doth hap to
Nun then produced the eighteen cards that are
shown in the
She explained that the puzzle was so to arrange the cards
in a pack, that by placing the uppermost one on the table, placing the
next one at the bottom of the pack, the next one on the table, the next
at the bottom of the pack, and so on, until all are on the table, the
eighteen cards shall then read "CANTERBURY PILGRIMS."
must be placed on the table to the immediate right of the one that
preceded it. It is easy enough if you work backwards, but the reader
should try to arrive at the required order without doing this, or using
any actual cards.