Gamblers eschew the hard work of the lower and middle classes. After all, why toil for such small rewards when a month’s income can be made with one well-played hand? Gamblers use their skill at games of chance to make money from the wealthy and the slow-witted.
They haunt coaching inns and game houses, ready to part the gullible from their coins. Sometimes things go wrong and gamblers lose large sums of money. In these cases, a swift escape is in order, before the creditors discover that the debts can’t be paid. Gamblers tend to be drifters by nature, always moving on to avoid old debts and sore losers.[1a]