What  is the plot of Justice by John Galsworthy?

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The main characters in Justice, a play set in London in the early twentieth century, are:

  • William Falder: a junior clerk who loves Ruth Honeywell
  • Ruth Honeywell: an abused wife in love with Falder
  • Robert Cokeson: William's boss
  • James How and Walter How: partners in the law firm

In the play, William Falder is in love with Ruth Honeywell, an abused wife who fears for her life and the lives of her children. Falder steals money from his employers to enable him to run away with Ruth. Cokeson and Walter How discover the theft. Although Cokeson wishes to be merciful, Falder is tried, convicted, and imprisoned. Falder is released from prison and makes a brief visit to Cokeson, discussing his plan to flee to Canada with Ruth. Unfortunately, he did not check in with his parole officer, and is discovered by a detective. Rather than return to prison, Falder commits suicide by jumping out a window. 

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