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Old 09-07-2015, 08:42 PM
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EULOGY FOR MARY ANN NICHOLS

Poor Polly...
This life's a wretched one,
Far from the one you were born to,
When you were a daughter and a sister.
Not the one you chose, as a wife and mother,
Nor even the decent life of a servant, with work and keep...

T'was the drinking that stole them all from you,
Your husband said you left them, kept the boy from you,
Spared no thought or mercy for you, let you drop among the unfortunates,
Cared no more for Mary Ann.

Now the drink is all you have-- friend, family, comforter,
The only medicine for your daily pain,
The thing that soothes your humiliation of working
For your doss-money amid the crowds of men...

Still, you kept on hoping, Polly dear,
Expecting your luck to turn.
As you said, that final night,
You had a "jolly bonnet"--
It was bound to turn out right.

Peace to you, Mary Ann Nichols, left alone
On a deserted street,
Bleeding in the gutter,
May we continue to recall your plight--
And seek your killer.

-- by Pat D.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:02 PM
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Beautiful
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:37 AM
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Beautiful
Thank you, Belinda.

I am attempting a project of one poem for each canonical victim, just as a sort of tribute to them, and to shift the focus from Jack, just a bit. We'll see if I manage it!
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I think that is beautiful. I look forward to reading the rest. Goodness knows they and indeed all the women who struggled with the lives they endured at that time deserve tributes
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I think alcohol is being blamed for her descent into prostitution. Fair?
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:47 AM
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I think alcohol is being blamed for her descent into prostitution. Fair?
Hello, Barnaby,

I think it is a fair assessment based on the biographical summary I read here on Casebook in the Victims section. I am aware that she supposedly lost her position as a servant due to an allegation of theft.

The thing that struck me about Polly was how initial reports in the papers said she was a "quiet, sober woman", and seemed to offer sympathy-- then seemed to turn against her when it came out that she was an unfortunate.

But we have to accept the Victorians' opinions and world viewpoint as being part of who they were. Just because we understand alcoholism better now, doesn't mean they were wrong in how they approached it.

Or have I missed the point of your comment?
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