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From that day, Edgeworth, the anarchist, the dynamiter, the revolutionary, disappeared from the scenes ... The plotter now plotted against his followers, his former creeds. Whenever some revolutionary enterprise miscarried, or some deep-laid scheme was revealed, he was said to be at the bottom of the disclosure. The arch-conspirator of former days now lived but to frustrate conspiracies. For the sake of his murdered wife, who had endeavoured to change his purpose, he had become the deadliest enemy of his old associates. 8
The scheme of this tale is thoroughly traditional: instead of reforming a drunkard or a gamester the heroine is called upon to reform a dynamiter, and is so far successful that if the economy of the plot cannot allow her to live (her death being the mechanism which sprung the reform) at least she is seen to die happily ever after. That the life of a heroine should be sacrificed to the redemption of a hero was considered a fair exchange in the accepted social economics of the novel.