'So I told him I had ambitions, too–to live as I please, love as I please and never grow old. He didn’t think much of that , I fancy; he told me I was frivolous, and would be disappointed. Only the strong, he said, could afford ambitions. So I told him I had a much better motto than that…“Courage–and shuffle the cards”...'
George MacDonald Fraser, Royal Flash (1970)