1811, Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, George Colman, Francis Beaumont, Peter Whalley, The dramatic works of Ben Jonson, and Beaumont and Fletcher: printed from the text, volume 1, printed for John Stockdale, page 455:
Well, take him out o' the stocks again; we'll go a sure way to work, we'll ha' the ace of hearts of our side, if we can.
1879, Charles Dickens, All the year round: a weekly journal, volume 42, Published at the Office, page 42:
The ace of hearts is appropriated to Europe, the king of hearts to London; while the other picture-cards are assigned to other countries and cities.
2006, Gerhard Gschwandtner, Sales Stories to Sell By: 95 True Accounts of Success You Can Use to Close More Deals, illustrated edition, McGraw-Hill Professional, →ISBN, page 9:
On Thursday, I express-mailed the king of hearts to the president. Then on Friday, with my heart pounding, I approached the president's office. At the secretary's desk I whipped out my next playing card and announced, "Please tell Mr. Zale that the ace of hearts is here to see him."
Noun: the playing card, as representing a house in future-tellingEdit
1884, Once a month, W. Inglis & Co., page 212:
The ace of hearts is always the house of the person consulting the facts.
1967, Robert Chambers, The book of days: a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature, and oddities of human life and character, volume 1, illustrated edition, Gale Research Co., →ISBN, page 283:
The ace of hearts always denoting the house of the person consulting the decrees of fate, some general rules are applicable to it.
1997, Mohammed Ali, Telling Fortunes by Cards, Health Research Books, →ISBN, page 17:
If two red tens come next to the significator marriage or prosperity, the ace of hearts is the house, [...]