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TitleMary and John.
DescriptionThe players--all but two--form a circle and clasp hands. Two odd players in the center are called, "Mary" and "John." The object of the game is for John to catch Mary. As he is blindfolded, he can only locate her in her stealthy movements by the sound of her muffled voice. When he says, "Mary, where are you?" she must answer as often as he questions her. Mary may stoop or tiptoe, or resort to any means to escape capture, except leaving the ring. When Mary is captured she is blindfolded and John takes her seat. So the game goes on after Mary has chosen a new John.
SourceSeeger, Mary and Jon.