THE KINGDOM OF BRIDGE - Taken from Sylvias Bridge Fairy Tales
Once apon a time in the Kingdom of Bridge, the Emperor noticed that there was an ever increasing din at his bridge games. Overtime the din became so loud that the Emperor could not concentrate.
So he called upon the Court Wizard for a solution. Sire, if we has bidding boxes it would cut down on the noise of players verbally bidding. It would also eliminate players being able to hear what was being bid at an adjoining table on boards they might be playing next. The Emperor much appreciated the Wizards wisdom rewarded him greaatly and announced to his subjects that henceforth bidding boxes would be used at all bridge games within the Kingdom!
Years passed and once again the Emporer noticed a growing din at his bridge tables.When it became unbearable, he on again called upon the Wizard for advice. Sire, your subjects are aging. As they age their hearing lessens, resulting in their talking louder and louder without realizing it. When partners try to converse at t if he same time the opponents are trying to converse, they end up almost shouting at each other. Alas in addition to the noise this causes, it results in any discussion of a given hand to being heard at adjoining tables( if not further away). Other than issuing either hearing aids or muzzles to all the Kings subjects - which lacks in practicality - I have only one suggestion, Ye must establish etiquette rules for thy subjects that deal with noise and post them throughout the Kingdom. Thus, the following was posted throughout the Kingdom!
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: THE EMPEROR OF THE KINGDOM OF BRIDGE DOTH PROCLAIM THAT HENCEFORTH
When ye partners and opponents wish to participate in separate conversations, one pair must removeth itself from the table. If thy partnership wishes to hold a detailed bidding discussion, removeth thyselves to an area where they will not intrude on others.
Thou shalt not discuss hands after the play. If ye wishes to them, move away fro m the playing area. As Emperor, I understandeth my subjects desires to aideth those with hearing afflictions.
However, thou shalt make every attemt to modulate their voices. If ye are told ye are speaking too loud, ye are. Because all others are speaking does not mean thee must.