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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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Madams and Their Networks

Madams and Their Networks

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(p.97) Chapter 4 Madams and Their Networks
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Erotic Exchanges
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Nina Kushner

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451560.003.0005

This chapter describes the relationship of a kept woman and a madam through the story of Marie Boujard and Madam Varenne. Boujard had engaged Varenne to find a buyer for her thirteen- year-old daughter's virginity. She spent more than six months living as a pensioner in the brothel, required to have sex with whomever asked for her. Eventually, she became the mistress of marquis de Persenat, who brought her from Varenne. After some time, Persenat left Paris to report for military duty. With Persenat out of town Madam Varenne began making secret visits to Boujard. This shows that Marie's bond with her former madam was stronger than that with her patron, and she decided to return with Varenne to work at the brothel. The remainder of the chapter details how a madams's influence can influence the success of a kept woman.

Keywords:   Marie Boujard, Madam Varenne, Persenat, Paris, kept woman, madam

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