Study Guide

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Chapter 10

By Stephen Crane

Chapter 10

  • Jimmie starts to get a little irked about Pete coming by and compromising his sister's reputation.
  • A neighbor provokes Jimmie even more by reporting that she overheard Maggie basically begging Pete to love her. This can only mean one thing: Maggie has not acted so ladylike. He reports to his mom that Maggie has "gone teh deh devil" (10.17). So much for sibling loyalty, we guess…
  • Mary is thoroughly perplexed about how Maggie could have become such a bad girl after being raised in such a decent and morally upstanding household. Why? Why? Why?
  • It doesn't help that Mary curses her daughter, but Jimmie's off to take care of business in the form of—you guessed it—a brawl. Bring it on.

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