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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Chapter 3

By Stephen Crane

Chapter 3

  • The old neighbor has problems of her own. She's a beggar and a thief, but for now, she's Jimmie's only option. She dispatches Jimmie to buy her a can of beer.
  • Unfortunately, Jimmie's father intercepts him and steals the beer. He can't cope with the "livin hell" at home either.
  • Jimmie hangs out before returning to the apartment. He can hear his parents fighting, threatening, and perpetrating violence on each other; the neighbors comment on how "Ol' Johnson" is at it again. Apparently the parents have earned a bit of a reputation for hand-to-hand combat.
  • Jimmie finally gathers the courage to return, and when he does, he finds his drunken parents passed out on the floor.
  • He and Maggie hold each other, quivering and scared, until "the ghost mists of dawn" (3.33) arrive.

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