Charles James Lever
from chapter 2
If he was highly skilled in every game, it was remarked of him that henever proposed play himself, nor was he ever known to make a wager: healways waited to be asked to make up a party, or to take or give the odds,as the case might be. To a very shrewd observer, this might have savored alittle too much of a system; but shrewd observers are, after all, not thecurrent coin in the society of young men, and Merl's conduct was eminentlysuccessful. ...go to paragraph
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