Rick has a reputation for having traveled all around the world and made enemies wherever he went, which means he cannot return to the United States. Instead, he’s set up a money-making bar in Casablanca with illegal gambling in the back, and he pays off Captain Renault by always making sure he wins at the crap tables, in order to stay in business. He doesn’t mind rigging the tables for his own profit, or giving that money away for a “good cause,” even though he argues that he has no one’s interests in mind except his own. As the film goes on, Rick shows his intelligence, in how he goes about hiding the travel visas from the police, allowing people to use his bar to work behind the Germans in subtle ways, and eventually, proving that he’s a liar in insisting he doesn’t care about anyone or any causes, by getting Victor and Ilsa out of the country. Rick arranges things carefully beforehand, both to convince Renault that he’s running away with Ilsa, and to ensure that none of his people are left responsible for his actions. He sells his bar, pockets the cash, manipulates Renault into helping him get Victor away, and then (happily) escapes at the end of the film with his “new best friend.” Rick’s morals seem to be flexible upon the situation in that regard, since he tolerates a lot but intervenes when he thinks it’s the right thing to do, including making a sacrifice of not running away with the woman he loves, because it would have a negative effect on her marriage and on the good man that she loves. He puts Victor’s happiness above his own, because it’s for the greater good, in a very low Fe way. His Se shows in how opportunistic and risk-taking he is, constantly toying with Nazis and the French Resistance, taking no sides, but juggling everyone all the time. He allows Victor to start singing French Resistance songs in his bar, knowing it will get them shut down, he pays off local officials, he turns a blind eye to illegal activities, and he even shoots a Nazi who has discovered Victor’s intention to escape. He also had broader thinking than Ilsa, which factors into his decision to save her husband’s life.

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Rick often repeats the mantra that he doesn’t help anyone but himself, and he only looks after himself, but this isn’t entirely true. He does stand by and watch some things happen, such as arrests inside his bar, but at other times, he intervenes out of the goodness of his heart, such as when he rigs the house to give a young couple enough money to buy exit visas off Captain Renault so the wife doesn’t have to sleep with him and break her marriage vows. Rick shows the 9 tendency of having tolerance for just about everyone—he puts up with all kinds of conflicting people inside his bar, but also passively encourages mild resistance, such as when the French sing a song in defiance of the Nazis and get him closed down for a few weeks (he asks the bartender how long they can stay closed without losing money). Rick isn’t much bothered by anything, but also has a gruff manner about him. At first, he rebuffs Ilsa and wants nothing to do with her. He refuses to give her the travel visas and when her husband wants to know why, tells him to ask Ilsa. He gets angry and drunk after she wanders into his bar, but ultimately bends to the pressure of getting her and the man who loves her out of the country alive, knowing he might get killed in the process for aiding a troublemaking enemy of the Third Reich.

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