This is again one of my most favourite pieces of the Opera. It’s been raining the whole evening, which is just the right mood for music like this. I’ve also been reading on the link in this entry – all about the morals of chess. Interesting that already in the 1700s people tried to annoy their opponents and were these ‘rules‘ probably put in place.
If your adversary is long in playing, you ought not to hurry him, or express any uneasiness at his delay. You should not sing, nor whistle, nor look at your watch, nor take up a book to read, nor make a tapping with your feet on the floor, or with your fingers on the table, nor do anything that may disturb his attention. For all these things displease. And they do not show your skill in playing, but your craftiness or your rudeness.
Follow this link to read more about the Morals of Chess as by Benjamin Franklin – dated: June 1732 – June 1779