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“In these days we should spell otherwise the “folle” of seniors playing at the ball or lawn-tennis.”
“While tennis can trace its origins to the French monasteries of the 11th century, it was Major Walter Wingfield who codified modern lawn-tennis rules in 1873.”
“Ashiestiel some days ago: the house seemed just as it may have been when you left it for Abbotsford, only there was a lawn-tennis net on the lawn, the hill on the opposite bank of the Tweed was covered to the crest with turnips, and the burn did not sing below the little bridge, for in this arid summer the burn was dry.”
“Sometimes the bigger boys would come through unasked — perhaps in search of a game of lawn-tennis with Miss Wortle, perhaps to ask some favour of Mrs”
“Behind the school, and running down to the little river Pin, there is a spacious cricket-ground, and a court marked out for lawn-tennis.”
“No doubt there was a good deal of lawn-tennis of an afternoon, and the lawn-tennis was generally played in the rectory garden.”
“He ate his lunch before he said a word, and then, with but poor grace, submitted to the lawn-tennis with Talbot and Monk.”
“But then this had ever been the case, and the lawn-tennis was always played with two on a side; there were no tête-à-tête games between his lordship and Mary, and whenever the game was going on, Mrs Wortle was always there to see fair play.”
“There was lawn-tennis, and fishing-rods, — which nobody used, — and better still, long shady secluded walks in which gentlemen might stroll, — and ladies too, if they were kind enough.”
“The whole of that afternoon was spent playing lawn-tennis with”
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