cora pearl (born emma crouch in 1835) was at her time the most famous courtesan in paris. she may not have been the most conventional beauty, but she charmed men with her daring sexuality, enviable body, wit and lust for life. there are many stories about cora, some probably true and some not: it has been told she used to bathe in expensive champagne, once had herself served naked on a silver plate at a fancy dinner and dyed her hair red, pink and golden - and her dog’s hair to match hers.
“I have never deceived anybody because I have never belonged to anybody. My independence was all my fortune, and I have known no other happiness.”
Barty and Micah seem awfully close. Almost like they're together. 8)