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    the knowledge of character

    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'?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by suprunp; 06-Jun-2012 at 10:29. Reason: as bhaisahab kindly pointed out

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    Re: the knowledge of character

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    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 the human nature and could "read", size people up correctly'?

    Thanks.
    Yes, but no article before "human nature".

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