A charming and well-spoken young man, Wickham uses his charisma to insinuate himself into the lives of others. His behavior throughout the novel shows him to be a gambler who has no scruples about running up his debts and then running away. His mercenary nature regarding women is first noted by Mrs. Gardiner, who comments on his sudden interest in Miss King. Like Elizabeth, he possesses an ability to read people; however, he uses this knowledge to his advantage. When he finds that Elizabeth dislikes Darcy, for example, he capitalizes on her dislike to gain her sympathies.