Victorian popular fiction, plot-driven and fast-moving, is not celebrated for its deep characters with meaningful internal lives. Instead it seeks to use short-cuts to quickly establish serviceable characters. Acquitted utilizes a couple of these shortcuts.
"This fellow, Dan Devrill by name, was a wife-beating, Sabbath-breaking, drunken wretch, more than suspected of being both a burglar and a wrecker." (Acquitted, Vol 1, Chapter 3)
"... is it not a perilous thing for her to go wghere captivating, elegant, and heartless men abound?" (Acquitted, Vol 1, Chapter 19).