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The title of this novel refers to the "stooping down" of Kate Hardcastle from her position in high society to the position as a barmaid. She does this in order to test the feelings of Marlow, to make sure that he loves her for herself and not for her money. In the end, she gets what she wants, and proves a point. She learns that Marlow's feelings are genuine and demonstrates that love is not controlled by social position. By "stooping down", she conquered society.
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