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I have a good memory for faces—especially those on a deck of cards. But in the course of a few hundred thousand bridge tables, I must confess that I have encountered a host of temporary bridge companions whose identity, to me at least, remains cloaked behind the anonymity of such names as West or North or East. Today's tale was related to me by Mr. South, and I'll try to tell it to you much as I enjoyed it at firsthand.
"You've played the game of hearts, haven't you, Charlie?" he began. I admitted that I had taken an occasional hand in that pastime, where the object is to avoid winning tricks which include hearts, because each one counts against you, and especially to avoid winning the queen of spades because that dark lady counts 13 all by herself. "Let me show you a hand that will remind you of that game—although of course it took place at the bridge table.
"I had eight hearts to the deuce," he began, as he took a deck of cards and laid out this deal:
Neither side vulnerable South dealer
[King of Spades]
[Ace of Spades]
[3 of Spades]