The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

by Jake Jacobs
22 September 2011

Jake Jacobs

I had a dream about the Hideous Hog last night, one where he was eating a card, something he did in the last entry in the collection Bridge In The Menagerie. The Hog was the creation of a British bridge writer named Victor Mollo. Mollo owed a debt to an earlier British writer named S. J. Simon, but took Simon's archetypes (the "Unlucky Expert," etc.) and turned them into zoomorphs, the Hideous Hog, the Rueful Rabbit, the Secretary Bird, etc. Mollo was a man of strong opinions, and one oft expressed was his conviction that rubber, that is money, bridge was the true game, that tournament bridge was artificial and inferior. That competent rubber bridge players could mop up the felt with tournament players, but unless tournament players ventured into the money arena, bringing plenty of cash, why should they bother?

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