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and the Lord Lieutenant who have sentenced Turpin to hang.) And in Dick Turpin’s Greatest Adventure he tells the feisty American heroine who has come to England seeking justice that money is ‘the only law in England. It opens doors, even buys magistrates. Do you blame me for taking the law into my own hands by putting it in my pocket?’ Here the implication is clearly that the law offers no protection to the poor and that it serves only the wealthy and privileged classes. This is virtually tantamount to a Marxist critique of society: the underlying narrative of Dick

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