“From hence ’tis Evident to me, that when once we are harden’d in Crime, no Fear can affect us, no Example gives us any warning.”
In this passage, Moll is explaining that she believes once someone has become a criminal there is no way they will ever become a law abiding citizen again. No matter what anyone says to a criminal, there is no way for them to be converted back to following the law. Crime creates an immunity to fear and a disappearance of reason inside a criminal that is irrevocable. Although Moll indicates that she believes in what she has said, she is trying to make an excuse for her actions. She suggests that she no longer has a choice of what she is doing, and evil is in complete control of her. In my opinion, I do not agree with her statement. Everyday criminals are released from prison and allowed to start over. Although some of them will not choose to start over, many of them go on to live a life without crime. Rehabilitation centers would not exist if people were not capable accepting guidance from others to move on from their past.