Alexandra Edwards is a second-year M.A. student in the Department of English. She holds a B.A. in English from Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, GA. She is currently at work on her master's thesis, “’The international cocktail bitch’: Negative Affect and Critical Punishment in the Social Climbing Fiction of Edith Wharton, Anita Loos, and Nella Larsen,” under the direction of Dr. Jean Lutes. She would like to thank Dr. Michael Berthold for his encouragement and support on this essay, which arose out of his Melville and Alcott course.