The theme of "A Retrieved Reformation" is that love can make you another person. The main character, Jimmy valentine is a safe cracker. He cracks safes until he meets a woman named Annabel, and Jimmy starts to change.
What the Theme means
What the theme mostly means is that love can change the most meanest or evilest person in the word into a real nice and generous person. Even if they would steal like Jimmy Valentine.
The bad thing about stealing and falling in love
In the story, Jimmy has to reveal with actions that he was a crook because a girl gets stuck in a bank vault. When Jimmy is finished he just walks away from Annabel.