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Dove, Fidelity. Fidelity Dove was created by “David Durham,” the pseudonym of William Edward Vickers (Department of Dead Ends, Dixon Hawke, Sefton Kyle, Inspector J. Rason, James Segrove), and appeared in twelve short stories which were collected in The Exploits of Fidelity Dove (1924). Fidelity Dove is a Femme Fatale. She is a beautiful woman with a regrettable tendency toward law-breaking. She uses her beauty to enslave men--not through anything supernatural, but through their own desire for her--and uses these men, who are usually very intelligent and capable in their own right, as her gang. (She uses only their desires, though, and never her body; she leads a very prim, even puritanical, life). Dove generally uses her gang and her own not-inconsiderable talents to help others who have been wronged by criminals and the authorities, usually embarrassing Inspector J. Rason in the process. Dove also makes sure that by the end of a caper she's financially ahead, usually substantially so. She is given to wearing gray, as it goes well with her violet eyes.

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