From the prologue: The question you are asking, my dears, is did I escape the rope, and if so, how did this miracle come about? Well as to the first, my dears, ain't I here before you, large as life and twice as natural, as my old friend and colleague the Artful Dodger used to have it, he that was awaiting me at the gates of Newgate with a suitable disguise to spirit me off to the Indies for a new life, that started in conditions worse than slavery and ended up with me, a prosperous merchant, back in the capital city, breathing in the noxious fumes of successful industry, after years of labouring in God's fresh air. You see before you, I hope, an older and a wiser man, my dears, and richer, too, come back to tie up all the loose ends left in the old tale, which had me waiting behind bars, waiting for a meagre last meal before travelling in a tumbrel to the appointed place of my execution. But still you ask, how did I escape the noose? Indeed I ask it too.
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|Size: ||298 KB|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9781326299736 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|