"I love my love with an A" was a popularparlor game in Victorian
England. The first player recited:
"I love my love with an A because he's _________.
I hate him because he's ________.
He took me to the Sign of the _________.
And treated me with ________.
His name's _________.
And he lives at ________.
In each blank space the player used a suitable word beginning with "A". The second player then repeated the same lines, using "B" instaed of "A," and the game continued in this fashion through the alphabet. Players unable to supply an acceptable word dropped out of the game. The wording of the recitation varied; the lines quoted above are taken from Jame Orchard Halliwell's The Nursery Rhymes of England, a book popular in Carroll's day.