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The Street of Our Lady of the Fields

by Robert W. Chambers

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[In which I learned that the electric doorbell was invented much earlier than I realized... in 1831!]
OK, this story really has nothing to do with doorbells. And again, although it's been presented as such, it's not a horror story at all. It's a poignant, bittersweet piece about the role of women in society, and cultural expectations.

A young American student, newly arrived in Paris, assumes (not so strangely, to a modern, American reader) that the young women his new friends associate with are their female counterparts: students, artists, reasonably upper class. Soon, he develops feelings for one of these girls, and does not understand why she responds so strangely.

In actuality, the girls are lower-class... basically whores, and the girl who's the recipient of the crush is desperate to grab this one small chance at an innocent happiness, begging the other boys not to tell 'what she really is'...

I'm guessing that this piece may be semi-autobiographical, as Chambers himself was an American art student in Paris from 1886 to 1893. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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