The Poor of New York:
This passage illustrates the class distinction in New York. Although the Bloodgoods are rich, they are not respected like the noble families. Alida longs for becoming a member of them and plans to do so through her marriage. The theme of class conflict is always present in melodrama. In this case, the "lower" class is distressed about its status and struggles to be recognized using every possible mean.
On the court, People's Lawyer Howard persuades Ellesley to confess what he has done. It turns out Charles is wronged and the truth becomes known. This is the eternal , but direct and simple topic of melodrama: good is always revealed in the end and it defeats evil.