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: Hang on tightly, let go lightly.
Jani de Villiers
: Do you believe in astrology? Jack
: Absolutely not! But then, I'm a Gemini, and Geminis don't believe in astrology.
: You're my conscience.
: You've been avoiding me. Jack
: Have I? What's your name? Lucy
: Lucy. Jack
: So, what do you do, Lucy? Lucy
: I'm a white witch! Jack
: Are you gonna put a spell on me? Lucy
: I might!
] Welcome back Jack, to the house of addiction.
: Gambling's not about money... Gambling's about not facing reality, ignoring the odds. Marion
: I must be a fool - I never think about the odds.
: I'm not an enigma, just a contradiction.
: So, what line of work are you in then? Jack
: I'm an undertaker.
] A wave of elation came over him; he was hooked again... watching people lose.
: He's a good customer. Jack
: A good customer is a consistent loser... but is that what he meant?
: "The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places"-Ernest Hemingway. Matt
: Wasn't he the one who shot himself?
] Chapter 3. His existence was forming an interesting of pattern of betrayals. Sometimes he was unsure whether he was the betrayer or the betrayed.
] Chapter 13. It's all numbers, the croupier thought. Spin of the wheel, turn of the card, time of your life, date of your birth, year of your death. In the book of Numbers the Lord said, "Thou shall count thy steps."
: You didn't recognize the man who attacked you did you? Jack
: Of course I fucking recognized him. Ross
: You did? Jack
: I know a cheat when I see one... the man was a cheat.
: The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break, it kills - it kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave, impartially. If you are none of these, you can be sure it will kill you, too, but there will be no special hurry.
: [self reflection
] Now he had become the still center of that spinning wheel of misfortune. The world turned 'round him leaving him miraculously untouched. The croupier had reached his goal. He no longer heard the sound of the ball.
: How do I look? Jack
: [to himself
] Like trouble.
: You look fine.