A whole chapter of The Arcades Project was to be devoted to 'The Prostitute'. Benjamin was particularly interested in them. For him, 19th century Parisian prostitutes had mastered the secrets of the open market; in the respect that commodities had no advantages over them. Some of the commodity's charms were based on the market, and Prostitutes turned that into one of their many means of power. As such they were registered by Benjamin's favourite poet, Baudelaire in his 'Crépuscule du soir':
Against the lamplight, whose shivering is the wind's,
Prostitution spreads its light and life in the streets:
Like an anthill opening its issue it penetrates
Mysteriously everywhere by its own occult route;
Like an enemy mining the foundations of a fort,
Or a worm in an apple, eating what all should eat,
It circulates securely in the city's clogged heart.