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In this reprint of particularly salacious selections from the List of plus a few bonus reviews from other editions—of women notable for their size, lustiness, perversions or appearance , every page is a saucy treasure. In addition to these sorts of observations, almost every description, whether of a paragraph or several pages, is introduced by a line or two of verse apt to the subject—a lovely touch, even when the girl in question is far from poetical. The best way to convey a flavour of this beautifully produced, liberally illustrated and highly entertaining little stocking-filler is to quote some of the best bits.
Resist these charmers if you can:.
Harris's List Covent Garden Ladies
But pity poor Mrs. And if the List has whetted your appetite for a certain kind of company, never fear.
Having gone into service, she is seduced by her young master, and this leads to five marriages most adulterous, some bigamous, one incestuous , ten children, twelve years as a thief, and finally Newgate—just like her Mum. But Moll is far too clever and lucky to stay there, and the reader likes her too much for Defoe to kill her off as it usually happens with quite a few other fallen women , so at the ripe old age of 63 she gets her happy ending. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars and after Becky casts aside Georgian morality, such as it was, and pursues money and position as only a poor, low-born orphan can.
She works her way up from Mrs. And then it all goes horribly wrong….
The Return of Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies and the Top Five Loose Women in Literature
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