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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Chapter 19

By Stephen Crane

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Chapter 19

  • Mary's sitting monk-like and having a meal, when in comes Jimmie to very unceremoniously report that Maggie is dead.
  • Mary—way too late—begins to express a little love for her daughter. It's hard not to want to slap her. She makes a spectacle of herself, wailing and carrying on while neighbors attempt to console her; Miss Smith repeatedly assures her that God will judge Mary for her sins. Phew?
  • Mary decides she'll forgive Maggie, moaning "I'll fergive her! I'll fergive her!" (19.28).

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