Slammerkin Author Emma Donoghue
ISBN-10 0156007479
ISBN-13 9780156007474
Year 2002-05-01
Pages 408
Language English
Publisher Harcourt
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Slammerkin A loose gown a loose woman Born to rough cloth in Hogarth s London but longing for silk Mary Saunders s eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth and the position of household seamstress the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations But Mary has known freedom and having never known love it is freedom that motivates her Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the honest woman locked into marriage or the servant who runs a household not her own And is either as free as a man Ultimately Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets Never give up your liberty Clothes make the woman Clothes are the greatest lie ever told

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