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Erotic ExchangesThe World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris$
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Nina Kushner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451560

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.001.0001

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Being Sold into the Demimonde

Being Sold into the Demimonde

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(p.72) Chapter 3 Being Sold into the Demimonde
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Erotic Exchanges
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Nina Kushner

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.003.0004

This chapter chronicles how kept woman Louise de la Tour (née Devaux) hid from her patron, Captain Dargent. Louise hid in the house of madam Fleurance, complaining of the abusive behavior of both Dargent and her own father. Upon discovering his mistress's whereabouts, the captain sought to to retrieve her, bringing with him a note from her father, Père Devaux, which the captain mistakenly interpreted as a transfer of paternal authority. This case shows that not every girl or woman entered the demimonde on their own volition and as a last resort. Many women, like Louise, were forced; sold to individual men or to brothels, or forced to become mistresses.

Keywords:   Louise de la Tour, Captain Dargent, madam, demimonde, mistresses, paternal authority, Père Devaux

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