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1837 edition. Excerpt: ... " Can you possibly be a gamester? " I
had become so. One of my friends, who by no means resembles you,
for he passes his life at the gaming table, owed me the sum of
three thousand francs, which in the present state of my finances
was of great consequence to me. As he was anxious to reimburse me,
but would not expose himself to run short on a sudden, he offered
to pay me by instalments, a proposal which I accepted. He often
appointed to meet me at his banker's, (the gaming house.) I went
there, and by degrees was led to follow his example. For eight
months I THE KNIGHT OF ST. LOUIS. l95 indulged in that fatal mania,
which threatened to ruin my future prospects. My whole existence
was passed at the roulette table, and I awaited every morning, with
baneful impatience in the gardens of the Palais Royal, until the
hour of mid-day, when the den was thrown open. " Chance was neither
propitious nor adverse to me; what I lost on one occasion, I won on
another. The last week I played, I think the balance was in my
favour. On arriving one day for the afternoon's sitting, I was
struck with the appearance of a knight of St. Louis, a man about
sixty years old. I am an artist, and readily attracted by a fine
countenance; his features were noble, expressive, and engaging; and
bespoke him to be a man of high honour, virtue, and talent. He
quietly took his seat, first emptied his purse, and then his
pockets of the gold they contained, and drew from a pocket book a
quantity of bank notes, which I calculated might amount to about
two hundred thousand francs. " At sight of this majestic looking
personage, who seemed determined to carry on a battle of
extermination, I suspended my game, and took as great an interest
in what he was doing as if I had a share in the...
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