The Question and Answer section for Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Maggie's neighborhood is known as Devil's Row. It is a lower working class neighborhood full of gangs and violence.
According to the text, Pete was attracted by her "shape."
"Say, Mag, I'm stuck on yer shape. It's outa sight," he said, parenthetically, with an affable grin.
Her death is uncertain. She has become a prostitute and is followed down by the river by an old, disgusting, unkempt man. Whether he murders her or she simply gives up and commits suicide to get out of her bad life, the reader is unsure. However,...