10-03-2012 03:49 PM
Please use this thread for discussion of "Piccadilly".
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10-15-2012 09:14 AM - edited 10-15-2012 09:14 AM
I liked the idea of having Mazie telling her story to a reporter. We assume that the story will be published and, in doing so, will draw attention to Mazie’s situation, and that of others like her. Because of her circumstances, if she followed the norms of society, the best she could hope for in life was to work as an upper-housemaid. She decided to pursue a different path in order to better herself. While that did not work out well, with her being caught stealing, spending time in jail, and losing Jim, she did manage to find another career, albeit as a prostitute. I think the story is a good social commentary.
I had thought the title not only referred to the section of London called Piccadilly, but to pick pocketing (Pic). The last line was clever --- Mazie went to the red light district in Piccadilly.
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10-15-2012 06:38 PM
I would never have thought of that connection of Picadilly and pick-pocketing!
From the initial description that the story started with, I was pretty sure that Mazie was a prostitute, but it was quite a ways into her story that my suspicion was confirmed. I also liked the way she used signs she saw as a guide for what next step she should take - an interesting superstition.
Unfortunately, I doubt that the story will serve any social good for the plight of prostitutes. It seemed to me that it was just a straighforward story of how a woman came to be in that position, with little commentary or subjective judgments. I wasn't even sure if he had chosen to interview her, or if they just encountered each other somewhere, and finding out that he was a reporter, she decided to tell him her story.
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