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Age of Players Youth  +
Comment <p>As a way of teaching nature [each <p>As a way of teaching nature [each chapter introduces several birds, insects, and "wild plants"] this book follows a group of boys and girls of unspecified age [post-pubescent, we guess] through a calendar year. The bass-ball/rounders reference above is one of the few times we run across both terms in a contemporary writing. So, now: Is the author denoting are there two distinct <em>games</em> with different rules, or just two distinct <em>names</em> for the same game?  The syntax here leaves that distinction muddy, as it could be the former answer if the children played bass-ball and rounders separately that [June] day. </p> <p>Richard's take on the bass-ball/rounders ambiguity: "It is possible that there were two games the party played . . . but the likelier interpretation is that this was one game, with both names given to ensure clarity." David Block [email of 2/27/2008] agrees with Richard. Richard also says "It is possible that as the English dialect moved from "base ball" to "rounders," English society concurrently moved from the game being played primarily played by boys and only sometimes being played by girls. I am not qualified to say."</p> rls. I am not qualified to say."</p>
Coordinates 52° 21' 20" N, 1° 10' 28" WLatitude: 52.3555177
Longitude: -1.1743197
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Country England  +
Game Rounders + , Bass Ball + , Cricket +
Has Supplemental Text false  +
Headline Didactic Novel Pairs "Bass-Ball" and Rounders at Youths' Outing  +
Reviewed true  +
Salience 2  +
Sources <p> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">A Year of Country Life: or, the Chronicle of the Young Naturalists</span> (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London, 1853), page 115.</p>
Submitted by Richard Hershberger, 1/30/2008 posting to 19CBB +
Tags Females  + , Fiction  +
Year 1,853  +
Year Number 7  +
Has improper value forThis property is a special property in this wiki. Year Suffix  + , Source Image  + , State  + , City  +
Categories Chronology  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 28 July 2019 17:45:52  +
TextThis property is a special property in this wiki. <p>"The rest of the party strolled a <p>"The rest of the party strolled about the field, or joined merrily in a game of <strong>bass-ball</strong> or <strong>rounders</strong>, or sat in the bower, listening to the song of birds." .</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Cricket</strong> receives three references (pages 75, 110, and 211)in this book. The first of these, unlike the bass-ball/rounders account, separates English boys from English girls after a May tea party: "Some of the gentlemen offered prizes of bats and balls, and skipping-ropes, for feats of activity or skill in running, leaping, playing <strong>cricket</strong>, &c. with the boys; and skipping, and battledore and shuttlecock with the girls."</p> <p><strong>Trap-ball</strong> receives one uninformative mention in the book (page 211).</p> mention in the book (page 211).</p>
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