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087 It is the law of wealth

 
"However much money you have gotten from Thaw
it is only as much as he wanted to give you.  It is the
law of the wealth that such people only profit from
the money that is taken from them" -Goldman (87).

Evelyn Nesbit was a young promising woman who was in her teens when she set off to be a model in New York.  Her father died and left behind large sums of debt.  The family were nearly destitute and had lived in poverty for years before she was recognized as an adorable model.  Harry K. Thaw was wedded to Evelyn Nesbit for her beauty and body.  Who was perceived by Emma Goldman as a woman who had sold her body for the love of money. In Ragtime, Evelyn Nesbit wanders off to an impoverished street and finds Tateh and his child.  She becomes a new woman, as she starts to take care and see the life of this poor child.   

 

 

When Harry K. Thaw murdered Stanny White out of jealously, Thaw contracted with Nesbit a million dollars for the divorce settlement if she was to make an appearance as a devoted wife.  When the trial was over, Harry K. Thaw was sentenced to the Matteawan Hospital for the criminally insane.  When she asked for her million dollars, she is only given a payment of $25,000 due to her infidelity with Mother's younger brother. 

 "Thaw's mother promised Nesbit that if she would testify that White had raped her and that Thaw had only tried to avenge her honor, she would receive a quiet divorce and a one million dollar divorce settlement.  Nesbit got the divorce, but never saw a cent of the million".

In reality, Nesbit never received any money. She had suffered through Thaw's horrible intentions of sexual abuse and all his money paid over to her was a result of his own profit.  Later on in Nesbit's career as a performer, and a silent film actress, she appeared in a 1914 film Threads of Destiny produced by Betzwood studios of film producer Siegmund Lubin.   She overcame suicide attempts, alcoholism, and an addiction to morphine.  It was the law of wealth, and she had only profited from the money that was taken from her exuberant beauty, innocence, and love. 

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Nesbit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Evelyn_Nesbit_12056u.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Z-ARCH-16.jpg
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2011 16:21  

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