at the close of the rubber

Anya Smitty

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Chinese
“Thank you. No trumps,” declared Lady Caroline. The hand was successful, and the rubber ultimately fell to her with a comfortable margin of honours. The same partners cut together again, and this time the cards went distinctly against Francesca and Ada Spelvexit, and a heavily piled-up score confronted them at the close of the rubber. Francesca was conscious that a certain amount of rather erratic play on her part had at least contributed to the result.

The people are playing bridge. What does "the rubber" refer to here?
Source: The Unbearable Bassington by Saki.
 
  • Hildy1

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    English - US and Canada
    In the WordReference dictionary, it's in the second set of definitions.
     
    http://www.bicyclecards.ca/game-rules/auction-bridge/192.php?page_id=32

    Game and Rubber. When a side scores, in one or more hands, 30 points or more for odd tricks, it has won a game and both sides start fresh on the next game. When a side has won two games, it wins the rubber and adds 250 points to its score.
    ===


    In other words you bid and play hands, collecting points for tricks; winning one or more hands, and getting the required points, gives you a *game*. Then hands are played until one side wins two games, a rubber.

    It's important to keep in mind that contract bridge had not been invented at the time the novel is set.
     
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    Anya Smitty

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Thanks, I will.
    http://www.bicyclecards.ca/game-rules/auction-bridge/192.php?page_id=32

    Game and Rubber. When a side scores, in one or more hands, 30 points or more for odd tricks, it has won a game and both sides start fresh on the next game. When a side has won two games, it wins the rubber and adds 250 points to its score.
    ===


    In other words you bid and play hands, collecting points for tricks; winning one or more hands, ant getting the required points, gives you a *game*. Then hands are played until one side wins two games, a rubber.

    It's important to keep in mind that contract bridge had not been invented at the time the novel is set had not been invented.
     
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    Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    ... It's important to keep in mind that contract bridge had not been invented at the time the novel is set.
    In this case the explanation is the same. The first side to win two games wins the rubber in auction bridge, which they were probably playing in that era, and in contract bridge as it's played now. In other parts of this discussion, though, the differences are important.
     
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