At one point in the book, we're told about a woman performing in a dive bar: "A ballad singer, in a dress of flaming scarlet" Okay, so Crane is a naturalist more on this over in the "Genre" section , so it only makes sense that his writing shows many of the signs of a naturalist style. Crane totally could've written: "And with the bringing up she had, how could she? Instead of joining these two in their bafflement as to how Maggie's turned out the way she has, though, Mom and Jimmie both come across—at best—as kind of stupid. When we meet Jimmie in the beginning of the book, he's all beaten up with "[b]lood […] bubbling over his chin and down upon his ragged shirt" 1.
Mila. Age: 32.
But this singer's dress is a bit of foreshadowing for what's to come for our main girl, and the color lets us know it isn't good.
Evelynn. Age: 26.
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