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a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society

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On the backside, or north slope, of Beacon Hill, the demimondaines of drugs, art, the gay underworld, and petty crime made their homes.
On the first page, he runs into Hilaria, a young Montparnasse demimondaine who appears throughout the book, so that her uncomplicated attitude toward love can stand in contrast to that of her more famous sisters.
Although married to a decent and simple woman, his heart was stolen by the demimondaine Dorita Villalba, "a woman of no little elegance and not much decency ...
In his critical introduction to the 1986 edition of Genio y figura, Cyrus DeCoster argued that what set this novel apart from the rest of Valera's narratives are its cosmopolitism and the fact that its female protagonist is a 'demimondaine' (31).
The small stolid demimondaine is not dressing but undressing, carefully taking her second stocking off with outspread toes, to avoid tearing the silk, whilst holding the other in her lap.
It is "a portrait of the little milliner in the hat shop on the ground floor of the building that also contained the Pension Schlesinger, where I lived until I found a studio." He has imagined her as a demimondaine, wearing a blouse that came from the same imaginary boutique in which he found the green shirt in his self-portrait, and shown in complete self-possession seated in a cafe.
Additionally, it brings this sheltered debutante to acknowledge the strength of the "demimondaine" girls who have habitually been treated as objects of condescension by members of her class.
The demimondaine character of the women in question does not by any means lower his sense of appreciation.
Without prior knowledge of the story, it was not easy to understand that Manon intended to spend her youth in a convent and not become a demimondaine in Paris.
Her prospects dimming, she slid into the life of a demimondaine and in 1913 had a late-term abortion that nearly resulted in her death.
In paintings and photographs, women readers are still rendered in terms of the binary stereotypes of prim acolyte and randy demimondaine. Flint contrasts a conventional portrait of the second Mrs.
move impervious through barroom and factory [as...] border figures able to engage in the vagaries of the marketplace without being tainted by systems of exchange" (Pascoe 48) and in the broad critiques English Eliza Lynn Linton levelled against "the Girl of the Period," the threat that demimondaine and decent bourgeoise were becoming visually indistinguishable demonstrated an alarming subversion of social value since surface and substance were thus divorced (Pascoe, "Tales for Young Housekeepers"; Boufis, "Of Home Birth and Breeding").
There she meets her namesake, KiKi de Montparnasse, an irresistible demimondaine of the thirties who was Man Ray's model and whose memoirs were published.
The discussion of this piece is equally impressive though more might perhaps have been made of one of the linchpins of Herve's comedy: in a provocative mixture of real life color with fiction, the role of the virtuous Marguerite was taken by the actress and demimondaine Blanche D'Antigny, the inspiration for Emile Zola's Nana.
Thus, the Parisian demimondaine serves as a touchstone for the construction of masculinity in the culture of the fin de siecle, (13) Because they owe the men who maintain them their livelihood, those men have the illusion of possessing them, and, paradoxically, as the evocation by the narrator in Antonie of the protagonist's "sincere" charm suggests, they are deluded into thinking there exists an authentic rapport between man and woman.