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Fortune-Telling By Cards (For Ladies)

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Fortune-Telling By Cards (For Ladies)

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The ninth card every way, that is, counted from the
representative, is of the greatest consequence, and that interval
comprises the 'circle' of the inquirer, for good or for evil.

Now, all the cards have had assigned to them arbitrary, but
plausible, characteristics. Thus, the ace of clubs (that suit
representing originally the 'fortunate husbandmen') promises
great wealth, much prosperity in life, and tranquillity of mind--
if it turns up within your circle, as before mentioned. King of
clubs announces a man of dark complexion who is humane, upright,
&c., in fact, just the man for a husband. Queen of clubs is
equally propitious as the emblem of a dark lady who would prove a
paragon wife. Knave of clubs, a jolly good friend in every way.
Ten of clubs always flurries the heart of the inquirer--
especially if 'hard up'--for it denotes riches speedily
forthcoming from an unexpected quarter--which is usually the case
in such circumstances; but then it also threatens the loss of
some dear friend--which, however, cannot signify much if you get
'the money.' Seven of clubs promises the most brilliant fortune,
and the most exquisite bliss this world can afford; but then you
are ungallantly warned that you must 'beware of the opposite
sex'--which seems a contradiction in terms--for how call 'the
most exquisite bliss this world can afford' be secured without
the aid of 'the opposite sex'? Five of clubs is the main point
of maid-servants, young girls from the country, governesses, in
short, of all the floating womanhood of the land--for 'it
declares that you will shortly be married to a person who
will--MEND your CIRCUMSTANCES.' The trey of clubs is scarcely
less exhilarating, for it promises that you will be married three
times, and each time to a wealthy person. On the whole the suit
of clubs is very lucky, but, very appropriately, the deuce
thereof portends some 'unfortunate opposition to your favourite
inclination, which will disturb you.'[80]

[80] According to other authorities, the ace of clubs means a
letter; the nine, danger caused by drunkenness; the eight, danger
from covetousness; the seven, a prison, and danger from the
opposite sex; the six, competence by hard-working industry; the
five, a happy but NOT wealthy marriage; the four, danger of
misfortunes caused by inconstancy or capricious temper; the trey,
quarrels.

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