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aug 7, 2010, 4:18pm

Thought I'd ask you guys ... I don't "get" why Lil Emily "had" to turn to prostitution -- only because Steerforth ditched her? What am I missing here?

aug 7, 2010, 5:46pm

By the standards of those times, she was a 'lost' woman and, most likely, she would have been no longer accepted in her family or in the community she belonged to. So, what other choices did she have? Either that or the poorhouse.

aug 7, 2010, 6:01pm

I understand that, but I guess I don't get whether they were carrying on an affair (open secret), or whether she was "presumed" guilty of fornication by suspicion.

aug 8, 2010, 12:21pm

She went off with him - only three scenarios fit. One, unlikely, that they ran away to get married (she was after all engaged to Ham), two, that she was seduced away with promises of marriage which did not eventuate or three that she ran away with him to be his mistress.

As no marriage has been announced, she is obviously his ex-mistress.

Since she has, so far as we know, no skills, no references and no money - what else is the 19thC girl to do?

aug 8, 2010, 2:50pm

Thanks - I guess I can only look at this through a 21st century lens.