The highwayman and Bess are secretly married
Tim the ostler loves the landlord's daughter, Bess
The highwayman is not really a thief
Bess loves Tim the ostler, but he does not love her
Stagecoach is late
Horse goes lame
Redcoats harass him
Stagecoach is not carrying gold
Tim the ostler
Tie Bess up and place a musket by her chest
Torture Bess into giving up the highwayman
Take Bess away to use as bait
Show her the highwayman's lifeless body
A reward for a successful robbery
Punishment for a crime
Bait for a trap
Revenge for betrayal
She sends him a letter.
She tells the innkeeper.
She yells out his name
She shoots herself
No two words of literature can have the same theme.
The theme of a work expresses a universal truth about people or life
Theme is the same as the plot of a work.
Authors always express the theme directly
The blazing sun
Rat-a-tat of gunfire
A woman faces the danger of the wilderness alone
Two brothers compete against each other in a football game
A man becomes a spy to protect himself and betrays his friends
A man puts himself in danger to protect his family from enemy forces.
The ghosts of the lovers meet
Tim's ghost haunts the stables
A shot rings out at midnight
A troop of redcoats enters the inn