Maggie's Loss Of Prostitution In The 19th Century

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In New York, during the 19th century, about 13% of prostitutes entered the profession due to being seduced and abandoned (Zaharides 53). This fact is likely because women, unlike men, would lose their pure reputation by having sex before marriage. Such indiscretions by a woman at this time would have earned the label of “fallen woman” (Zaharides 2). Maggie was already labeled a fallen woman by her family even before there is any evidence that she may have lost her virginity. In fact, after their first date, Pete attempts to get a kiss from Maggie. Instead of a kiss, “Maggie laughed, as if startled, and drew away from him” (Crane 39). When her mother accuses her of going “teh deh devil” (Crane 51), an implication that she has lost her

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