This dialogue goes back to a Forum question raised by John Gould a year or so ago concerning the oddity of the Dice Gambols in The Return of the Native


Dear Rosemarie,

You may remember that last year, while I was teaching Return of the Native, I asked the [FORUM] list about the dicing game the reddleman plays.  My students had asked about how the numbers could range from so low (1) to so high (in the 50s).  I recently received this letter and photo from a woman in Canada.  Perhaps this machine is the answer.  As such, it might be of interest to the [FORUM}]ist as a whole. 

The photo is important to understanding what's going on.  Perhaps someone else will have more information on how the numbered channels worked.  Anyway can this be more broadly displayed?  Perhaps it could be put up on the website and an email with a link to the photo could be sent around?

Hope all's well with you.

All best,  John

-----Original Message-----
From: Shirley J. Williams []
Sent: Wed 3/9/2005 5:55 PM
To: John A Gould
Subject: Dorset Dice and The Return of the Native

Dear John,

We own a game of Dorset Dice which my father (from Swanage, Dorset) gave us in the 60s.  It does have three dice, but they are the regular six-sided ones.  I was looking on the web to see if anyone knew the rules, because none of us can remember them, even though we played it quite often when the children were young.  The box, which is open, made of wood and without a lid, is about 8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inches, carpeted with green baize.  One throws the dice in a space about 4 3/4 x 7 1/4, and the upper part of the box has nine divisions with numbers in them (1 to 9) and little pieces of wood slide up to cover the numbers.   But how one is supposed to add the numbers, and how one wins, completely escapes us.

Has anyone else answered your query?

I just realized that, in this wonderful digital age, I can attach a photo.  Too late for last year's tenth graders, I'm afraid, but perhaps you are doing The Return of the Native again this year.

Greetings from Canada,
Shirley Williams

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