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I said that in the gossip column I ranked above all dukes not royal. Therefore I claimed precedence on this occasion. The matter couldn't be settled, of course, struggle as we might - and we did. So we all went in a procession back to the drawing-room again and ate lunch - for lunch you get a plate of sardines and a strawberry, and you stand in a group and eat it.

Here the religion of precedence is not so strenuous. The two persons of highest rank toss a coin, the one that wins is the first to start eating his strawberry, and the loser gets the shilling. The next two toss a coin, then the next two, and so on. After lunch, tables were brought out, and we all played cribbage. We bet sixpence a game. The English never play any game for amusement. They won't play if they can't win something or lose something, and they don't care which.