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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Material Life on the Comstock Lode 11
Womens Work and Ladies Leisure Marriage on the Comstock 38
First Impressions An Overview of the Bawdy Districts 57
Stratification in the Fast Life 73
Friends and Enemies 100
Hazards of the Game 124
Separating Good Women and Bad Sexual Ideology Custom and Law 136
Lessons from the Lode Theoretical Considerations 152

Appendix 169
Notes 179
Selected Bibliography 205
Index 211


A study of prostitution in 19th-century Virginia City