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Although we don’t get the story from Jim Smiley’s point of view, his supposed actions drive the story. We admire Jim because he’s like most of us: he has a weakness, in this case for gambling (he’s very human), but he’s generally a good guy who just wants to have a bit of fun. Though he fools people, it’s all good-natured.