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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 nine of hearts is termed the wish card. After the general
fortune has been told, a separate and different manipulation is
performed, to learn if the pryer into futurity will obtain a
particular wish; and from the position of the wish card in the
pack the required answer is deduced.

'The foregoing is merely the alphabet of the art; the letters, as
it were, of the sentences formed by the various combinations of
the cards. A general idea only can be given here of the manner
in which those prophetic sentences are formed. As before stated,
if a married woman consults the cards, the king of her own suit,
or complexion, represents her husband; but with single women, the
lover, either in esse or posse, is represented by his own colour;
and all cards, when representing persons, lose their own normal
significations. There are exceptions, however, to these general
rules. A man, no matter what his complexion, if he wear uniform,
even if he be the negro cymbal-player in a regimental band, can
be represented by the king of diamonds:-- note, the dress of
policemen and volunteers is not considered as uniform. On the
other hand, a widow, even if she be an albiness, can be
represented only by the queen of spades.

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