He was only twenty-two then but had already been in two or three of what were spoken of in Winesburg as "women scrapes."


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    Can you please cite the source of this quote?
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    Nov 11, 2015 at 9:38
  • short story called "untold lie" i don't remember the author
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  • @Alexy - The author – in this case, Sherwood Anderson – is found easily enough.
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    Nov 11, 2015 at 11:57

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Scrape is used here as a noun, where it means a difficult or embarrassing situation, usually caused by your own actions.

A 'woman scrape' is therefore a difficult situation involving a woman. Further down the text it refers to the character 'getting women into trouble' (a euphemism for getting them pregnant). So these 'scrapes' are likely to be either getting a women pregnant or being at high risk of doing so.

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