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Rose Blake as a historical character trapped in a life of prostitution that was as cruelly enforced 150 years ago in industrial England as it is today, is not extraordinary nor forced creative license.The greater priority for Rose was the explorationMoreRose Blake as a historical character trapped in a life of prostitution that was as cruelly enforced 150 years ago in industrial England as it is today, is not extraordinary nor forced creative license.The greater priority for Rose was the exploration of the literal difficulties of conversion not so much from one religion to another but of an attempt to change – based on spiritual values – of a way of life condemned by Christian religion.Rose then does not appear as an innocent almost diva-like beauty more related to stereotypical historical romances for whom visually we are treated mostly to life where heroes and heroines have much more time on their hands to be in love with love and the afflictions of soap-opera drama.When we meet Rose we meet her gritty hand-to-mouth existence – a pattern of life that might be so conflicted or convoluted by greed and cruelty that escape or empowerment by religious conversion might be an impossible task.Jacob Hannah is a reluctant rough-hewn missionary sent to England to remove him from the scene of his fathers murder and his own bloodthirsty works of revenge.Jacob Hannah on how he’d like to preachUh, Brothers and Sisters!” he managed to choke out. How he hated those sissified words! It was more practical and comfortable to say ladies and gentlemen but he was not permitted to say that. It wasnt preachy enough.Ladies and gentlemen was something you might say to a crowd about to look into your tent to see a two-headed calf or a woman with a beard. But hed have felt a little better talking like that anyway.LAYYYDDDIIIEEES AND GENTLEMEN!Come up here and let me tell you about God jumping down from his throne and scarin hell out of a young boy in the woods!Pay me yer shillings and Ill excite you through and through! Ill tell ya things youll hardly believe, but youll get your moneys worth! Itll thrill ya. If God coming to Earth in the 1800s dont thrill ya, then it oughta make ya laugh and you still wont miss your shilling!But ole Turnerd never let him say it like that because they had come to preach, not bark.