What is the synopsis of the episode from Chapter XXXV of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court?
When Morgan and the King are slaves, they witness the hanging of a young girl.
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The episode you refer to is the saddest passage in the book.
The girl who is hanged is eighteen years old and has a young baby in her arms as she is brought to the gallows.
On the gallows, a priest tells the story of why she will be hanged. She and her husband lived happily until he was impressed into the navy (taken by force and made to serve -- this is how the British navy got its sailors at least up past the 1810s). At that point, she had no means of survival and eventually stole a piece of cloth worth a quarter of a cent.
She is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death. The man from whom she stole the cloth didn't realize she'd be executed and goes crazy and kills himself. Even so, she is executed after kissing and kissing her baby. She dies happy, though (sort of) because the priest promises to care for her baby.
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