What is a rubber?!?

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undecagon

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Oct 7, 2011
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No...not that.....
I'm reading Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League, and Merryweather (The Bank owner) was complaining before they went to the bank that ""Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I have not had my rubber." "
At first I thought it might be a pipe. But later, in the bank cellar, Holmes explains: "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and I thought that, as we were a partie carry,you might have your rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light."
So, clearly the rubber is something that provides light. Seems like it could be a pipe (although I think it'd be rather hard to play cards via pipe light....) and then I thought if Holmes had ANTICIPATED the rubber, and they left from Baker Street, why didn't he grab one of his own from his house? It must not be a pipe as he had his fair share of those in the apartment.
So....I'm left guessing, What is a rubber?

 

wallbright

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I believe he might be referring to rubber bridge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_bridge
"Rubber bridge is a form of contract bridge and is played with four players. It is most often played for fun but is also played seriously for money. Rubber Bridge involves a high degree of skill but there is also a fair amount of luck involved in who gets the best cards."
And a light would be required to see the card game on the ground or wherever.

 

philip

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Oct 13, 2011
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rub·ber2  

noun

1.

(in certain card games, as bridge and whist)

2.

a series or round played until one sidereaches a specific score or wins a specific number of hands.

3.

a series consisting of an odd number of games won by the side winning the majority, usually two out of three.

4.

the deciding game in such a series.

adjective

5.

Also called rubber match. Sports . noting a deciding contest between two opponents who have previously won the same number of contests from each other.
from dictionary.reference.com

 

judcole

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Sep 14, 2011
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It refers to cards. Holmes says "I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and I thought that, as we were a partie carry,you might have your rubber after all."

"Rubber", in this context, refers to the cards. Then he says, "But I see that the enemy's preparations have gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light." This refers to the activity going on in the first sentence, the card game.