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It's Not You, It's Me

Posted By on 11.24.10 at 11:58 AM

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Wisconsin State Journal, September 9, 1880. That "D.T." stands for the Dakota Territory, which in 1889 would be split in twain and admitted to the Union as North and South Dakota. We're looking at a dandy Deadwood subplot here. A bagnio (for those of you who dognio) is a slightly classier name for a brothel, a bordello, a bawdy house, a house of ill repute, a place of vile resort, a whorehouse. The fact that Mrs. Healy preferred employment in the red-light district of a frontier gold-rush town to living with her lawyer husband strikes me as pretty impressive evidence that she just wasn't that into him. As to Mr. Healy's deal, I am reminded of lines from a Leonard Cohen song: "A man never got a woman back / Not by begging on his knees."

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