Jimmy changes his ways after he falls in love with Annabel, and it seems that his love for her is sincere. Identify and explain a specific example from the text to illustrate this change in behavior.

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In "A Retrieved Reformation," Jimmy Valentine, the talented young safecracker, appears to have genuinely changed his criminal ways when he falls in love with Annabel Adams, the daughter of a prominent small-town banker.

The first explicit sentence in the story to show Jimmy's desire to transform into a normal citizen is the following:

Jimmy Valentine looked into her eyes, forgot what he was, and became another man.

This sentence is a clever literary technique in setting up the story of how Jimmy Valentine will transform into another man. Moments after seeing Annabel, Jimmy checks into a hotel using the name "Ralph D. Spencer" and thus initiates his change of identity.

Here is another passage from the story that illustrates his transformation:

Mr. Ralph Spencer, the phoenix that arose from Jimmy Valentine's ashes—ashes left by the flame of a sudden and alterative attack of love—remained in Elmore, and prospered. He opened a shoe-store and secured a good run of trade.

The passage poetically articulates how Jimmy sheds his old life as a criminal—illustrated by the pile of ashes—and then rises like a phoenix, reborn. However, the passage also shows how he prospers in his new identity as Ralph Spencer. Both transformations were due to an "alterative attack of love."

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