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The (meager) evidence The story gets partially revealed through Mrs Lovett's song "Poor Thing". (Mrs Lovett) There was a barber and his wife And he was beautiful A proper artist with a knife But they transported him for life And he was beautiful (Mrs Lovett) Barker his name was, Benjamin Barker (Sweeney) Transported? What was his ...


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An explanation given in the notes section of the book*: How it was that he came by the name of Sweeney . . . there to look for it: the name is indeed an unusual one. The surname Todd or 'tod' [sic], a northern word of unknown origin from Middle English, means, literally, 'fox'; metaphorically it was used to refer to 'a person likened to a fox; a ...


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