A pawnee1 has a special property or special interest2 in the pledge, whereas the general property in it continues in the owner3. That special property or interest exists so that the pawnee can compel payment of the debt4, or can sell the goods when the right to do so arises5. This special property or interest may (though the point is uncertain) differ from the mere right of detention enjoyed by the holder of a lien, in that a pawnee may assign or pledge his special property or interest
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