The gamester, if he die a martyr to his profession, is doubly ruined. He adds his soul to every other loss, and by the act of suicide, renounces earth to forfeit Heaven. C. C. ColtonLacon. Reflection.
Shake off the shackles of this tyrant vice; Hear other calls than those of cards and dice: Be learnd in nobler arts than arts of play; And other debts than those of honour pay. David GarrickPrologue to Ed. Moores Gamester.
Ill tell thee what it says; it calls me villain, a treacherous husband, a cruel father, a false brother; one lost to nature and her charities; or to say all in one short word, it calls megamester. Ed. MooreThe Gamester. Act II. Sc. 1.