Quote by Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872

In Nevada, for a time, the lawyer, the editor, the banker, the chief desperado, the chief gambler, and the saloon-keeper occupied the same level of society, and it was the highest.

In Nevada, for a time, the lawyer, the editor, the banker, t


This quote suggests that in Nevada during a certain period, individuals in seemingly different professions like lawyers, editors, bankers, outlaws, gamblers, and saloon-keepers were all regarded as equals in society. Rather than social status being determined by occupation, all these individuals seemingly held the highest level of prestige and respect. This highlights the unique and unconventional social dynamics that existed in Nevada, where traditional notions of social hierarchy based on profession were perhaps disregarded or blurred.


By Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872
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