“Praying to Cupid for a Cure”: Venereal Disease, Prostitution, and the Marriage Market in Emma

  • Jillian Heydt-Stevenson


Mary Wollstonecraft, with that discomfort toward the physical that marks The Vindication,

objectfs] to many females being shut up together in nurseries, schools, or convents. I cannot recollect without indignation, the jokes and hoiden tricks which knots of young women indulge themselves in, when in my youth accident threw me, an awkward rustic, in their way They were almost on a par with the double meanings, which shake the convivial table when the glass has circulated freely. (128)


Female Body Venereal Disease Double Meaning Street Prostitution Tertiary Syphilis 


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