The best chess-player in Christendom may be little more than the best player of chess; but proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all those more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind.
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore--