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Stephen Crane

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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Late 19th century

    Jimmie Johnson is bullied.

    Chapter 1
  • A few years later

    Jimmie's father dies, and Jimmie becomes a truck driver.

    Chapter 4
  • A few years later

    Maggie Johnson goes to work in a factory.

    Chapter 5
  • A few months later

    Maggie meets Pete.

    Chapter 5
  • A few weeks later

    Pete takes Maggie on a date.

    Chapter 7
  • A few months later

    Maggie leaves to live with Pete.

    Chapter 9
  • A few weeks later

    Jimmie and Pete get in a fistfight.

    Chapter 11
  • A few weeks later

    Pete meets Nellie and leaves Maggie.

    Chapter 14
  • A few days later

    Mary Johnson throws Maggie out of the house.

    Chapter 15
  • A few weeks later

    Maggie becomes a prostitute.

    Chapter 17
  • A few months later

    Nellie takes Pete's money.

    Chapter 18
  • A few months later

    Maggie dies.

    Chapter 19

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 A small boy named Jimmie Johnson fights for the honor of his neighborhood, Rum Alley, a section of the Bowery in Lower M... Read More
Chapter 2 "The father," as Mr. Johnson is called, and Jimmie approach "a careening building" where "a dozen gruesome doorways gave... Read More
Chapter 3 Jimmie and the old woman listen to the screams and roars of the mother beating Maggie. The old woman is known to beg for... Read More
Chapter 4 Baby Tommie dies and is carried away in a "white, insignificant coffin," and Maggie steals a flower to place in his hand... Read More
Chapter 5 Somehow Maggie grows up pretty, and "none of the dirt of Rum Alley seemed to be in her veins." As a child she was disgui... Read More
Chapter 6 Pete notices Maggie, and tells her, "Say, Mag, I'm stuck on yer shape. It's outa sight." He further embellishes his stor... Read More
Chapter 7 Pete takes Maggie to a place in the Bowery where an orchestra plays waltzes, beer glasses clink, and smoke clouds drift ... Read More
Chapter 8 Thoughts of Pete make Maggie hate all her dresses. She envies well-dressed women who "smiled with serenity as though for... Read More
Chapter 9 The mother stumbles out of a saloon, and urchins follow her, taunting her along the way. She makes her way to a door and... Read More
Chapter 10 Jimmie knows it is not polite to ruin a friend's sister. Does Pete know? The old woman tells Jimmie how Maggie was cryin... Read More
Chapter 11 Pete pours a beer for a quiet stranger in a nice saloon. Jimmie and his friend enter. Pete is watchful, and the stranger... Read More
Chapter 12 Maggie and Pete attend a show and drink beer. Her dependency on Pete grows apparent: "From her eyes had been plucked all... Read More
Chapter 13 Jimmie returns home a few days after the fight with Pete. The mother is still raving about Maggie's "wickedness," as she... Read More
Chapter 14 Three weeks later Maggie and Pete enter a "hilarious hall," a smoke-filled establishment of music and clinking beer glas... Read More
Chapter 15 Hattie, the "forlorn woman," slowly searches the streets and saloon doors of the Bowery for Jimmie. She "encounter[s] hi... Read More
Chapter 16 Pete does not think he ruined Maggie. If he knew "her soul could never smile again," he would blame it on the mother and... Read More
Chapter 17 Several months later, on a wet evening in the theater district, "a girl of the painted cohorts of the city" moves throug... Read More
Chapter 18 Pete drinks with several laughing women in a saloon, having arrived "at that stage of drunkenness where affection is fel... Read More
Chapter 19 The mother is eating "like a fat monk in a picture" when Jimmie enters and says, "Well ... Mag's dead." At first the mot... Read More
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