A splendidly raffish gallery of rogues inhabit Newgate Prison in the London of 1725. Besides the conniving jailkeeper, there are his daughter, who favors the prisoners according to their money, a titled scoundrel, a poet, a whining condemned man, and a family prisoner dressed in exquisite lace. There is savage humor in their strategems, and the whole makes a shocking picture of historical justice.
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