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Could it also be besides prostitution that the red color makes it look like some alcoholic drink?

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> On Jun 14, 2018, at 9:32 AM, Mark Madigan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Hi Guy,
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> 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.
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> All best,
> Mark
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>> On Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Guy Reynolds <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello everyone :
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>> 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.
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>> Guy
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>> Guy Reynolds
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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,
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>> This is Helen Shou from Zhejiang University in China. I am from the English Department in our university and teach English short stories. 
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>> 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". 
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>> 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.
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>> "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". 
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>> Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.
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>> Best Regards
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>> Helen Shou
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>> The English Department
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>> Zhejiang University
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