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Written by bridget D
(10/14/2012 5:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, both or neither, penned by Stephanie
I just looked up spunging houses and it seems that usually debtors in them were only confined for 24 hours. If nobody stepped up and paid by then, they woudl be transferred to a debtor's prison.
I agree that it seems unlikely that Eliza might be in there.. since the implication seems to be that she's been there for a while.. unless Brandon was just lucky and turned up the one day or so that she was confined there. However again, while she's technically not a "respectable woman", she may have had a few well to do lovers in her time and while she'd fallen into the demi monde, she might not have been totally fallen into the wrold of the poor or the criminal classes. I would say that she coudl have told the bailiffs taht she had a hope of a freind coming to her rescue, and sent a message to her latest lover.. so she would have gone to a spunging house at least for a day or 2.
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