Knowledge of Chinese Culture
The Chinese have a noisy game of forfeit
often played at the dinner table at feast times. It consists in the player flinging out
one of more fingers of the hand, and shouting out a number, when the other, who is playing
with him, must instantly fling out as many of his fingers as will, if added to the number
mentioned by his opponent, make up the total to ten, and while doing this he also shouts
out the number of his fingers that he throws out. If a mistake is made, the one who makes
it has to drink a cup of spirits as a forfeit. As they proceed, the party of six, eight,
or ten, get more and more excited and boisterous, and shout at the top of their voices.
This game is also called by Chinese "chai quan".