The merits of the combination were obvious. The elegant, exquisite Campbell had the subtle brain, the knowledge of character, and the deft hands; but the hazards of the card–sharper’s life are many, and when it came to a scrap Peterson’s ready fist must often have proved invaluable.
(W.S. Maugham; Raw Material)
Does it mean 'he knew human nature and could "read", size people up correctly'?
Last edited by suprunp; 06-Jun-2012 at 10:29. Reason: as bhaisahab kindly pointed out