Christina Rossetti's poem “Goblin Market” does indeed explore the trope of the “fallen woman,” but it does so within the realm of a fairy story, and its ending takes an unexpected turn. Laura cannot resist the temptation of the goblins' song, no matter how much her sister, Lizzie, warns her to stay away. Lizzie runs from temptation, but Laura is fascinated. Even though she cannot pay, the goblins let Laura have as much fruit as she wants for only a lock of her hair. But therein lies the goblins' trick. Laura gives them a piece of herself, and she is caught.
In this giving of herself, Laura stands for a fallen woman who has given herself away because she can't resist temptation. She indulges in the goblins' fruits and is blissfully happy for a while. Everything is so wonderful, and Laura looks forward all the next day to going to the goblin market once again. Yet when she tries to find the goblins the next evening, she cannot. They are invisible and inaudible to her. Lizzie hears their calls and runs away, but Laura cannot hear. She is again like the fallen woman whose lover deserts her after he has taken what he wants. The goblins have gotten what they wanted from Laura, namely, her innocence, and they have no more desire for her. Laura falls into despair and nearly fades away.
The story, however, takes a twist toward the end. In the usual fallen woman trope, a lady does not regain what she has lost. In the poem, though, Lizzie saves her sister. Lizzie goes to the goblins, but she takes a coin with her. She will not give them her hair, and she will not eat of their fruit no matter how they try to force her. Instead, covered in juice, Lizzie runs home to Laura. When Laura tastes the juice, it is bitter to her, and that bitterness wakes her up. Her sister's self-sacrificing love has saved her. Rossetti turns the fallen woman trope upside down at the end of the tale and shows how love can conquer anything.