Honoré de Balzac

French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled "La Comédie humaine", which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature.

About Gamblers

Yes, I can understand that a man might go to gambling table - when he sees that all that lies between himself and death is his last crown.