A flirtatious coquette. She uses her feminine wile to charm the diamonds out of rabbit suckers. "Ah, the grisettes! I had almost forgotten. They are another romantic fraud...and oh, so charmingly, so delightfully immoral!"Mark Twain/ 1869 Innocents Abroad. Pictured: Infamous Madam du Barry who hussied her way into court and in the arms of King Louis XV. Portrait by: François-Hubert Drouais.
Elizabeth Needham by William Hogarth
1.) The Madam or head of a brothel. With her eyes on the law, she fronted her "commodities" bagnios (brothel) as a coffee or mantua-making shop. Exploiting men with titles of nobility was the name of the game. She would take in homeless women, orphaned girls and young women restricted by their gender because they couldn't inherit land. She was like a mother or aunt teaching women how to play the game.
2.) A wanton, enthusiastic amateur who loves to sell her body for loose coins.