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Characters Discussed

William Falder

William Falder, a junior clerk in a law firm who raises a company check from nine to ninety pounds and is sent to prison for three years. When he is released on parole, he is apprehended by the police for not reporting to the parole authorities. He breaks away from the arresting officer and kills himself by jumping from an office window.

Ruth Honeywell

Ruth Honeywell, the woman for whom Falder altered the check. He had intended to take Ruth and her two children from her brutish husband, and he needed the money for the expenses they would incur when they left London.

Robert Cokeson

Robert Cokeson, a senior clerk in the firm. He supports Falder through the trial, while he is in prison, and after his release.

James How and Walter How

James and Walter How, partners in a law firm and Falder’s employers. They cause Falder’s arrest, but after his release from prison they are willing to discuss taking him back into their employ.


Davis, a junior clerk first suspected of altering the check.

Hector Frome

Hector Frome, Falder’s attorney during the trial.

Harold Cleaver

Harold Cleaver, the counselor for the prosecution at Falder’s trial.




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