Who was Ben Price? Why did he pretend not
to know Jimmy Valentine? Was he correct in his decision?

Ben Price was the detective who investigated the burglaries committed by Jimmy Valentine 1 Ben Price had been closely watching Jimmy Valentine. He was convinced that Jimmy was leading an honest life. At the bank, Jimmy risked rearrest to save a little girl. Ben Price did not want to arrest him because Jimmy had proven he was transformed. So he pretended not to know Jimmy Valentine and walked down the street. > Ben Price was absolutely correct in letting off Jimmy. Had he arrested Jimmy, the latter would have become a jail bird. But Ben Price correctly assessed Jimmy’s transformation. He also understood that a man who could risk his life to save a little girl, would never follow the wrong way. So he was correct in his decision and claims our admiration as a good judge of human character.

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