It is London in the year of 1910, an era of laced gloves and charming bonnets. The story is based on the memoirs of Janine Gray, the most infamous madame of that time. The characters are those who had the most influence in molding her lifestyle. Her father, who after her mother’s death, continues to take care of her in many ways. One of her father’s boarders, Mr. Hutchinson, first teaches her the ways of the world. Another had been her mother’s lover, and intends for Janine to take her place. Janine meets a girl her own age, another sweet young thing. The two girls play games with the servants and with each other. Rudy rents Janine’s room, forcing her to move into her father’s. After threats of blackmail, Janine submits to him grudgingly, and then comes sweetly as he teaches her some new tricks. Rudy brings Jennie, a lady of the evening. When Janine sees the fun and money involved, she goes into the profession. Her first trick is Lord Darby, but by all means he’s not her last.
— Available languages: German, French, English — Patricia Rhomberg
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