|Plot Summary of Slammerkin|
|"Mary Saunders grew up dirt poor in London of the mid-1700s. In the midst of her poverty, she longs for nice things--particularly fine clothes. Her strong desire for a piece of red ribbon leads her into prostitution. After a brief, rough period alone, she meets and is taken in by an experienced prostitute, Doll. The time they share together is basically fun for Mary, who earns money to buy all the clothes she wants.
But when Doll gets sick, with the harsh winter coming, she encourages Mary to check herself into the Magdalen Hospital, a sort of workhouse/halfway house for penitent women. Mary checks herself in, not because she is penitent, but to have a place to go for the winter. There she learns to sew. She can't stand the confinement and gets herself discharged early, but has to flee London to escape a gruesome debt collector.
She heads to Monmouth on a whim because it is where her mother came from. There, Mary gets a job with Mrs. Jones, an old friend of her mother's, cleaning her house and working in her dress shop. For a while, Mary lives the life of a normal young girl. But her obsession with nice clothes leads her back to prostitution on the sly--and even worse behavior. "
Heather B., Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Slammerkin|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 18th century
Life of a profession:
Kind of living:
- making "Ends Meat" by prostitution
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- mostly 3rd
Sex in book?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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