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The debauched women (the prostitutes) have a certain pretention to probity. They rarely refer to their own sad condition, but they are quick to speak with scorn about the women who have been arrested for criminal offenses. These other women, (who nine times out of ten are thieves and perpetrators of other vicious crimes) love to put on a virtuous air as they speak of the other prisoners (the prostitutes) with scorn.
Despite precautions, dangerous conversations between prisoners are inevitable, particularly in the work rooms. The prisoner sitting next to you is likely be someone who has been arrested numerous times. Such a prisoner plays the role of devil’s advocate giving bad example to the other prisoners by her words and actions. These prisoners are then put ‘en garde,’ and become possessed by a spirit of revolt and disobedience. This influence destroys any positive effects of exhortations to reform.