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%%* DownerEnding: You ''bet''.

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%%* * DownerEnding: You ''bet''.Bess kills herself to save the highwayman, then he dies trying to avenge her.


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* DeathIsDramatic: And ''how!''
* DownerEnding: You ''bet''.

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* %%* DeathIsDramatic: And ''how!''
* %%* DownerEnding: You ''bet''.





* FlyingDutchman: How it all ends.

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* FlyingDutchman: How it all ends.ends-- the narration presents a windy night, eerie and dark, and then the highwayman rides up once again towards the inn, and Bess is still waiting at the window, braiding her hair. Forever.


* HeroicSacrifice: Bess frees herself just enough to be able to reach the trigger of the musket tied next to her. With no more time, she pulls it, killing herself and warning the approaching highwayman away from the redcoats's trap.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Bess frees herself just enough to be able to reach the trigger of the musket tied next to her. With no more time, she pulls it, killing herself and warning the approaching highwayman away from the redcoats's redcoats' trap.


* CurtainsMatchTheWindow : Bess, the landlord's black-haired, black-eyed daughter.

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* CurtainsMatchTheWindow : CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Bess, the landlord's black-haired, black-eyed daughter.


* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Tim the Ostler has 'hair like mouldy hay'.


* DesignatedVillain: The redcoats are treated as villainous, even though they are trying to stop a dangerous criminal.


The poem has remained popular through the years, and was in 1995 voted 15th in the poll for England's favourite poems. LoreenaMcKennitt has also sung a musical version omitting some verses.

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The poem has remained popular through the years, and was in 1995 voted 15th in the poll for England's favourite poems. LoreenaMcKennitt Music/LoreenaMcKennitt has also sung a musical version omitting some verses.



* AdaptedOut: Tim is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]

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* AdaptedOut: Tim the ostler is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's Music/LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]



** SenselessSacrifice: Unfortunately, when he hears of her death the next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.


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* SenselessSacrifice: Bess's sacrifice to save the highwayman comes to nothing because when he hears of Bess's death, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.


* RapunzelHair: Bess and the highwayman try to touch hands, but even with him standing up, he can barely reach her. So she unties her hand, which falls easily to his face -- so we're talking hair that's at least four feet long.

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* RapunzelHair: Bess and the highwayman try to touch hands, but even with him standing up, he can barely reach her. So she unties her hand, hair, which falls easily to his face -- so we're talking hair that's at least four feet long.

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* RapunzelHair: Bess and the highwayman try to touch hands, but even with him standing up, he can barely reach her. So she unties her hand, which falls easily to his face -- so we're talking hair that's at least four feet long.


* AdaptedOut: Tim is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[PlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]

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* AdaptedOut: Tim is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[PlotHole [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]



* CurtainsMatchTheWindow : Bess, the landlord's black-haired, black-eyed daughter

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* CurtainsMatchTheWindow : Bess, the landlord's black-haired, black-eyed daughterdaughter.



* HeroicSacrifice: Bess tried, but...

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* HeroicSacrifice: Bess tried, but...frees herself just enough to be able to reach the trigger of the musket tied next to her. With no more time, she pulls it, killing herself and warning the approaching highwayman away from the redcoats's trap.
** SenselessSacrifice: Unfortunately, when he hears of her death the next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.



* NoNameGiven: The highwayman, again.
* SenselessSacrifice: Bess's suicide succeeds in warning the highwayman away, but when he hears of her death the next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.

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* NoNameGiven: The highwayman, again.
* SenselessSacrifice: Bess's suicide succeeds in warning
again. Also the highwayman away, but when he hears of her death the next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.landlord.




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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The landlord, Bess's father. He's given the tiniest mention when the redcoats show up, but it's never revealed what became of him.

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* DesignatedVillain: The redcoats are treated as villainous, even though they are trying to stop a dangerous criminal.


* HeroicSacrifice: Bess's intention with the whole shooting herself thing.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Bess's intention with the whole shooting herself thing.Bess tried, but...



* SenselessSacrifice: Bess shoots herself to warn the highwayman of the trap. He gets himself killed anyway.

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* SenselessSacrifice: Bess shoots herself to warn Bess's suicide succeeds in warning the highwayman away, but when he hears of her death the trap. He gets himself killed anyway.next morning, his rage overtakes him and he returns to the inn, where he's shot dead on the spot.
* RevengeBeforeReason: What leads the highwayman to end up ''walking right into the ambush his love had given her life to warn him of''.



* RevengeBeforeReason: What leads the highwayman to end up ''walking right into the ambush his love had given her life to warn him of''.

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* RevengeBeforeReason: What leads TogetherInDeath: The final lines imply this for Bess and the highwayman to end up ''walking right into the ambush his love had given her life to warn him of''.highwayman.

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* AdaptedOut: Tim is absent from LoreenaMcKennitt's version. [[PlotHole As a result, there's no apparent reason given for why the king's army came to ambush the highwayman at the inn.]]


* RavenHairIvorySkin: Bess.

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