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Hi Guy,

I suspect the red glass pitcher alludes to red lights being associated with
prostitution. The term 'red-light district" dates to the late
nineteenth-century. Having said that, I want to be clear that I have
absolutely no expertise in this area.

All best,
Mark

On Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Guy Reynolds <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hello everyone :
>
> I’m forwarding an email from a Chinese scholar who has a question about
> ‘Paul’s Case’: What do you think? I have my own theories….but thought it
> interesting to ask.
>
> Guy
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> Guy Reynolds
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> Professor
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> Director, Cather Project
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> Department of English
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> *From: *"[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
> *Date: *Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:22 AM
> *To: *Guy Reynolds <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject: *A Question about "Paul's Case" from China
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>
>
> Dear Professor Reynolds,
>
> This is Helen Shou from Zhejiang University in China. I am from the
> English Department in our university and teach English short stories.
>
> When I was having a discussion on "Paul's Case" with my students, one of
> them asked a question about the following part, and I'm not very sure about
> why Willa Cather put this part in the story and why she wrote that "the
> girls put lemonade in a red glass pitcher and the neighbours always joked
> about the suspicious colour of the pitcher".
>
> I would really appreciate it if you could answer my email and help me to
> solve this problem, in that I know that you are an expert in Cather
> studies.
>
> "When the weather was warm, and his father was in a particularly jovial
> frame of mind, the girls made lemonade, which was always brought out in a
> red glass pitcher, ornamented with forget-me-nots in blue enamel. This the
> girls thought very fine, and the neighbours always joked about the
> suspicious colour of the pitcher".
>
> Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.
>
>
>
> Best Regards
>
> Helen Shou
>
> The English Department
>
> Zhejiang University
>