This chapter provides the biographies of the central characters: Daniel and Robert Perreau and Mrs. Rudd. It notes that during and immediately after their trials, the Perreaus and their witnesses told of the fair promises that Mrs. Rudd had employed to secure their confidence. It reports that Mrs. Rudd offered such a tempting prospect of advancement that the Perreaus could be pardoned for naively acting as her agents. It further reports that they were dazzled when Mrs. Rudd spoke of how her relations and their connections were at work to set the brothers up as bankers, buy them a country estate, make Daniel a member of Parliament and a baronet. It observes that before the disclosures at Bow Street, the Perreaus stood at the center of one kind of London story; that of rapid economic success followed by increasing social and even political influence.
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