The Ruined Maid Thomas Hardy (AO2 ("O'Melia" Farmworker,…
The Ruined Maid
Women rejected by society - unkind to women
1800s - 20% of teens forced into prostitution
Critic poem of Victorian sexuality
Ruined back then = no chances of getting married
Regular rhyme scheme
Farmworker, doesn't have a name, £ caused the prostitute to gain status - broken away from society
Prostitute interrupted by maid - maid is more superior than prostitue
"O didn't you know i'd been ruined?"
Gossip, scandal, someone responsible for her being ruined, putting blame onto someone else - reputation ruined - fallen women
Hardy's voice, Hardy saying a;; women are strong they turned their life around and ignored society's judgments
Society, poverty, hardships
Enjoys feeling prosperous/wealth
dress when we're ruined"
Inclusive, all women
Country accent, colloquial
"Your hand were like paws the, your face blue and bleak"
Glove can be put on anyone, facade, not herself, anyone can be a lady if spoiled
In eyes of society, repetition
About women who runs into an old friend who's now a prostitute
Poem about prostitutes
Paradox - 'ruined'
Maid longed for marriage - innocence
The ruined maid is enjoying a more prosperous life as a result of her ruin - nicer clothes, speaks better
Questions just what exactly it means for a woman to be ruined.
Dialogue between ruined women and un-ruined women