“Epidemic proportions”


“Word arrived on 11/26 that somebody in No. 5 tent had unearthed a fresh deck of playing cards. Along with McIlroy, [Shackleton] spent hours teaching them how to play bridge. Within forty-eight hours, the popularity of the game reached epidemic proportions.”

— Alfred Lansing, Endurance

“From each tent may be heard, ‘1 club, 2 hearts, 2 no-trump, double 2 no-trump’ etc.”

— Lionel Greenstreet

[image from The World of Playing Cards]

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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