The face Macau shows to the world today may be its 29 sparkling casinos, but one of the last links with the city’s gambling past can still be found two miles away from the main strip, in a plastic reproduction of Rome’s Coliseum that stands out amid the dowdy surroundings of its working-class neighborhood. Inside, six sinewy greyhounds stand shivering on an oval race track, waiting for a mud-stained mechanical rabbit to give them something to chase.
Under the shadow of a Venetian palazzo, the figure strides onstage in the regalia of an affluent Victorian gentleman top hat, frock coat, gloves and cane. Is this some cultured character out of the pages of Henry James?
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