|Plot Summary of The Crimson Petal and the White|
|"A prostitute in Victorian London is caught up in a relationship with a man who makes her his mistress. Eventually he brings her to live in his house to take care of his daughter and to help him cope with his crazy wife.
She ends up helping his wife escape to a convent in the country and then runs away with his daughter who she feels that she loves as he is not truly capable of doing."
Kim Gradel, Resident Scholar
|"The story centers on Sugar, a 19-year-old girl bred for prostitution in 1875 London. Intrigued by her description in a directory of city brothels, William Rackham – the heir to a perfume fortune – is drawn to, and quickly becomes obsessed with, Sugar. He purchases her from the brothel's madam, first ensconcing her in a London flat and later bringing her into his home under the guise of a governess for his 6-year-old child. Within the Rackham household, Sugar becomes entangled with William's child-like, mentally unstable wife; his pious, insecure brother; and his needy, sorely-neglected daughter."
Jennifer Martin-Romme, Resident Scholar
|"Meet Sugar, a nineteen-year-old prostitute in nineteenth-century London who yearns for escape to a better life. From the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, she begins her ascent through society, meeting a host of lovable, maddening, unforgettable characters on the way. They begin with William Rackham, an egotistical perfume magnate whose empire is fueled by his lust for Sugar; his unhinged, child-like wife Agnes; his mysteriously hidden-away daughter, Sophie; and his pious brother Henry, foiled in his devotional calling by a persistently less-than-chaste love for the Widow Fox. There are also preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions.
Bill Car, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Crimson Petal and the White|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Life of a profession:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- business executive
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- quite fatty
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- touching of anatomy
- actual description of hetero sex
- descript. of female anat. (the big B's)
- descript. of female anat. (the big V)
- descript. of nude males (the big P)
Lot of foul language?
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