"He tried to remember the rules of childhood games. Old Maid. Some version of Whist."
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Old Maid and Whist are two classic card games. Old Maid is a Victorian game: the basic aim is to avoid being the player left holding the 'Old Maid', a card that will have been singled out at the beginning (usually the ace of spades, queen of spades or joker).

Whist, another classic English card game, was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It's a trick-taking game, with more modernised versions known as trumps.