Later that next night, an armed red-coat troop arrives at the inn-yard. With no regard for the landford or his produce, they restrain his daughter to a bed and leave a musket pointed to her chest, telling her to keep watch. Bess struggles at the ties around her until around midnight, when she is finally able to touch the trigger. The trotting of the highwayman's horse is heard and, to warn him from coming any further, she pulls the trigger onto herself. Her death causes the rider to retreat west from the house, heartbroken after learning of the loss of the one he loves. Although her sacrifice was drastic, it was also futile, as the highwayman himself is shot shortly after.
The Highwayman is a theif, dressed in high class clothing. He rides upon a horse, and carries a torch for the landlord's daughter.
Bess (the landlord's daughter) a dark haired girl, who's age isn't specified. She wears a red knot in her hair. She has a strong love for the Highwayman.
The landlord runs the inn-yard and is the father of Bess.
Tim the ostler is an older, very unkept employee of the landlord. Tim is described in an inherently negative way; dumb and mad. He has feelings for Bess also.
King George's troop of men were most likely alerted by Tim of the robber's intent to return to the inn-yard, and are classless soldiers that do not have much care for their surroundings.