This may be the equivalent of one or other of the two forms of "Cat and Mouse" described by Opie and Opie(1969, pp. 11-15):
"One player is chosen 'cat' and one 'Mouse', the rest form a circle 'holding hands tightly'. The game begins with the cat on the outside of the circle, the mouse within.

. . . The cat then attempts to catch the mouse, but the players forming the ring are on the mouse's side, they do not want the cat to get into the ring, and wherever the cat attempts to break through they 'push against each other' to prevent him. If the cat does get through they let the mouse out, and, says a player joyfully, 'the cat gets stuck in the ring'. The chaser is thus continually obstructed. . . . In this game the players making the circle have almost as active a part as the runners.

"Strutt in his Sports and Pastimes, 1801, p. 285, gives the name 'Cat after Mouse', but the game he describes is a form of 'Kiss in the Ring' in which a player, striking one of the circle on the back, is chased in and out of the ring, without either of them being deliberately hindered. This is the French 'Le chat et le rat', the Spanish 'El gato y el raton', the Italian 'Topo e gatto'. But when children in Germany play 'Katze und Maus' . . . the mouse can take refuge within the circle and the other children prevent the cat from entering (Peesch, Berliner Kinderspiel, 1957, p. 22). In Moscow, according to a Russian correspondent, the name of the game is 'Cats and Mice', and the children help the mouse and stop the cat exactly as in England, lifting their arms to let the mouse through, and lowering them to block the way for the cat. Tolstoy refers to the amusement in Anna Karenina (v. 28). . . . In the United States children sometimes play one form of the game and sometimes another."

Another game Louisa mentions is "Blindman's Buff" (see N14 and J4). That games of this sort would have been played and enjoyed by adults, will clash with the modern attitude that relegates such games to the realm of the child. But the fact of the matter is that party games have their source in the adult world rather than in the world of the child. As an article in the Encyclopaedia Britannica(1980, Vol.4, pp. 242-6) makes clear, children's party games have a relatively recent origin:
"Indeed the giving of parties exclusively for children became customary only in the 19th century. Before that young people and adults attended social gatherings together, or the party was exclusively for adults. The games that were played--sometimes when the guests had tired of dancing--may today seen puerile; yet their adult origin is certain, and not so long ago they were enjoyed by prince and commoner alike. Thus Samuel Pepys in 1669 tells of the Duke of York (later James II) and the Duchess 'with all the great ladies sitting upon a carpet, on the ground, there being no chairs, playing at "I love my love with an A, because he is so and so: and I hate him with an A, because of this and that:" and some of them, but particularly the Duchess herself, and my lady Castlemayne, were very witty.'" (p. 245)