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G. W. M. Reynolds and The Mysteries of London
Rob Breton

, ‘Vengeance serves power equalisation. When individuals or groups endeavour to impose their will upon others, vengeance serves to correct them. Revenge is the social power regulator in a society without central justice.’ 77 The Republican, a sort of deus ex machina figure kept in waiting, does not seek vengeance, in part because he has accepted that republicanism is an alternative and better social-power regulator. He tells Richard that he forgives George Montague ‘From the bottom of my heart’ 78 for betraying him to the government for his political beliefs, and

in The penny politics of Victorian popular fiction
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Angela Lait

(Sennett, 1998 : 114). Similarly the phenomenon ‘recession’ has become the force by which bank executives, fund traders, government regulators and others distance themselves from the effects on individuals of their (in)action. So at the same time that business embraces fluidity, responsiveness and mobility for profit-making and claims this empowers the individual to self-manage and develop, its agents are

in Telling tales