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The System of the World - Study Guide Book 8: Chapter 40 Summary & Analysis

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Book 8: Chapter 40 Summary

Holbourn, Oct. 29, 1714

When Jack is almost to the hanging platform, he begins to throw his gold buttons, coins and clothing out into the crowd. When he arrives at the platform he is wearing nothing but his undergarments. Jack Ketch, the executioner, no longer feels obligated to ensure that Jack the coiner's death is swift because he has reneged on payment.

Book 8: Chapter 40 Analysis

Jack decides that the best plan for self-preservation is to trust the people who have congregated in his honor. People within the crowd are continually offering him wine, food and tokens of appreciation as the King of Vagabonds. Jack throws caution to the wind and decides to reward these considerate folk by shedding his clothing and throwing the items into the crowd, along with the gold and coins that have been strategically placed on and in his clothing.

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