Tuesday, 9 October 2018
shooting the moon (game of hearts)
For those of you who don't know the card game called "Hearts": Hearts, and the Queen of Spades, are bad. They accrue points when you take them in tricks. The Queen of Spades counts for 13 hearts. The aim is to have as low a score as possible. There is one very daring maneuver one may try, called "Shooting the Moon." When you Shoot the Moon, you take ALL the hearts, plus the Queen of Spades, and you get zero points, whereas all the other players get 26. It's not easy to do, but it's fun if you can pull it off.
The Queen of Spades is adapted from a Gibson girl in her underwear, before she's attached the extra hair piece on top. The background is found papers in shades of green, evoking the green baize table card games are often played on.