Thursday, 29 April 2010

A Cue at Billiards and a Pencil by Thackeray


 Man playing billiards with cue and woman with mace, 
from an illustration appearing on page 44 of Michael Phelan's 1859 book,  
The Game of Billiards (D. Appleton & Company, New York). 

To use a cue at billiards well is like using a pencil, or a German flute, or a small-sword—you cannot master any one of these implements at first, and it is only by repeated study and perseverance, joined to a natural taste, that a man can excel in the handling of either.

William M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848.

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