To quote Captain Flint… ‘Door’s there sweetheart.’
And after all he gave you it back. So suit yourselves.
What I was meaning was that Jenny was arrested, gave the court a false name with no criminal record, and was convicted as a first-time criminal. On both occasions when she was transported–kinda saying something — she bribed the captain on the prison ship to allow her a comfortable travel with her property, bribed the governor in Virginia to let her go and bribed the captain to take her back to London again.
What I am trying to say…badly..is that Jenny lived for long periods where she was straight. How did she do that, when some things obviously never left her, and, like Sapphire, you still steal cos you don’t know any better?
Disguise? OR is the calling too strong? Let’s move to Charlie Peace.
Charlie, whose life inspired stories by Mark Twain and Conan Doyle, just as Jenny inspired The Beggar’s Opera, may have nicked right, left and centre, murdered too, he may have told his lover if she did not stick with him he would shoot her, he did at one point for two years have a quiet life….framing pictures, with his family. No-one knew who he was?
I think what I am trying to say is that when it comes to saints and sinners it’s hard. There were parts of themselves that Jenny and Charlie couldn’t let go of, but, being used to subterfuge and disguise they thought for a while they could play things straight. Or, were they surprised when these bits resurfaced?
In my book I liked leaving Saff on that note.
Ten years ago sixteen year old Sapphire, the greatest jewel thief England has ever known, ruined Lord Devorlane Hawley’s life. Now she’s dead and buried, all the respectable widow, Cassidy Armstrong, wants is the chance to prove who she really is.
But not only does her new neighbor believe he knows that exactly, he’s hell-bent on revenge. All he needs is the actual proof. So when he asks her to choose between being his mistress, or dangling on the end of a rope, only Sapphire can decide…
What’s left for a woman with nowhere left to go, but to stay exactly where she is?