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Caleb Williams becomes secretary to Ferdinando Falkland, a wealthy squire and a man he respects and loves greatly. When he discovers that Falkland has committed a murder and allowed two other men to be executed for that crime, he tries to leave him. Falkland, however, fearing the boy will betray his secret, has him imprisoned for debt.
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Caleb changes his name and becomes a wanderer. Hunted and persecuted by Falkland, Caleb finally accuses him publicly. Falkland is tried, confesses and dies very soon after. But Caleb is stricken with remorse at having been the cause of Falkland's demise.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Crime & Police story    -   Yes Story of    -   wrongly accused clearing name Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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