"Yes. A man’s ear," Chris says. "I told Richard, ’You miss that convention’"—a move during the auction phase of a hand—"’again, and I’m going to do that to you.’" She gives him a playful shove.
Who was the man in the painting? I ask.
Richard shrugs. "I don’t know," he says. "I guess someone who played bad bridge."
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Jennifer Senior is a contributing editor for New York magazine. She prefers blackjack to bridge.