Can anyone break down this sentence into more modern terms?

A sentence from this letter from Paul Morphy to Fiske confuses me.

It is, to be sure, a most exhilarating sport, but it is only a sport; and it is not to be wondered at that such as have been passionately addicted to the charming pastime should one day ask themselves whether sober reason does not advise its utter dereliction.

I understand the rest of the letter, but that bolded part completely melted my brain, particularly the bit between ‘such as’ and ‘have been’. I feel like there’s a missing noun there.


This is using “such” as a pronoun.

“Such as have been” would appear in more modern text as “people who have been”, or “some of those who have been”.

Does this make it clearer?

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