What 'talent' did Mark have, and what happened to him because of it?

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Mark had a gift for getting away with things. This trait, coupled with a skewed obliviousness of right and wrong, allowed him to habitually engage in activities like stealing, hustling, and hot-wiring cars without getting caught, or if he was caught, to get off lightly. His transgressions progressed to more serious offenses, until finally he became a drug dealer, was turned in by his best friend, and was sentenced to the reformatory and ultimately the state penitentiary, where he became a hardened, dangerous character who couldn't get away with things anymore.

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