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  • A massy oaken table, placed at the lower end of the apartment, served to accommodate such as chose to play at the then fashionable game of shovel-board; and there was at the other end an elevated gallery for the musicians or minstrels, who might be summoned to increase the festivity of the evening.

    Kenilworth

  • I leave you in excellent hands, my dear, and they wait for me at shovel-board.

    Lorna Doone

  • I met him again, was come down to push-pin and shovel-board, with a wager of spirits pending.

    Lorna Doone

  • After dinner some of the ladies joined in a game of shovel-board on deck.

    Bluebell A Novel

  • In the Tudor times there were plenty of winter games for those who could play them, amongst which we may mention chess, cards, dice, shovel-board, and many others.

    Old English Sports

  • An noon of a blazing hot day Jean was seated in the shade on the dwarf-wall that bounded the school count towards the headmaster's garden, He was playing languidly at shovel-board with a schoolfellow, a lad as pretty as a girl with his curls and his jacket of white duck.

    The Aspirations of Jean Servien

  • For her father's comfort, noting the sad wistful eyes that watched her coming in and going out, she had resigned herself to spend long melancholy hours within doors, reading aloud till Sir John fell asleep, playing backgammon -- a game she detested worse even than shove-halfpenny, which latter primitive game they played sometimes on the shovel-board in the hall.

    London Pride Or When the World Was Younger

  • To make this dear old man happy, to be his companion and friend, to share in his rides and rambles, and of an evening to play the games he loved on the old shovel-board in the hall, or an old-fashioned game at cards, or backgammon beside the fire in the panelled parlour, reconciled her to the melancholy of an existence from which hope had vanished like a light extinguished.

    London Pride Or When the World Was Younger

  • We thought that he would go to Oxford and astonish every one, and write in the style of Buchanan; but he fell all abroad very lamentably; and now, when I met him again, was come down to push-pin and shovel-board, with a wager of spirits pending.

    Lorna Doone; a Romance of Exmoor

  • And a new smooth shovel-board, whereon no victual ne'er stood:

    Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Complete

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