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Epilogue

Donna T. Andrew and Randall McGowen

in The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220621
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923706 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220621.003.0013
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This section discusses the fate of the central characters in the story of the famous forgery who survived for several decades, after the protagonists faded from public view. It notes that whether or not justice had been done, the price had been paid, the Perreaus executed, Mrs. Rudd released, and the case closed. It reports that Mrs. Rudd re-emerged briefly as a failed essayist and novel-writer in the late 1780s; and had another glimpse of her through the eyes and pen of her last known and perhaps most famous lover, James Boswell. It explains why Mrs. Rudd encouraged James Boswell's attentions, who had neither the will nor the means to keep her in any style at all. It also considers Horace Walpole's evaluation of Mrs. Rudd's public impact.

Keywords: forgery; justice; Perreaus; Mrs. Rudd; essayist; James Boswell; lover; Horace Walpole's evaluation; public impact

Chapter.  2740 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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