Love of Money- Rosencrantz has everything, unlike many of the criminals in these narratives. He stops being content when he loses money, however. He is willing to risk losing his family, which he says gives him an “unspeakable joy” in order to pursue money.

Return- Rosencrantz can’t seem to stop returning to counterfeiting money, even though he is apprehended almost as soon as he starts. He compares himself to a dog returning to vomit or a cow to mire.

Fatality- Rosencrantz says of continuing to take up crime “that fatality which always attended me, or the evil disposition of my own heart, still pushed me on to my ruin.” He sometimes acts as though something is controlling him (here fate of his heart). He never seems to really try to stop, however.

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