John keeps cases for Lotte Deno. Faro Artist is title and compliment; can only be earned. Lotte deals in the saloons - the only lady John knows is master of the subtle exact finger movements, the calculation of the shifting order of each card, the professional's air of precise casuality. He admires her work. He deliberately lost $3000 to her skill the day before, just to learn her technique.

Usually women keep cases, claiming tips for grace and smiles, moving skirts, bare skin. John sits happily tracking the cards Lotte deals, clicking ivory beads in the counter. It is respect.

Year: 1877
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