There was a little altercation between her and Steerforth about a cast of the dice at back gammon — when I thought her, for one moment, in a storm of rage; and then I saw it start forth like the old writing on the wall.
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The physical altercation between opposing players led to suspensions on both sides.
As the Americans were waiting to move on, an altercation broke out in their rear-most rank.