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PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed.
     2. In Pennsylvania, by act of assembly, an habitual drunkard is deprived of the management of his affairs, when he wastes his property, and his estate is placed in the bands of a committee.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Splendidly researched, Prodigal Daughters has much to teach us about the development of what Judith Sargent Murray called "self-complacency" (97), women's valuing of their own abilities.
Mainly, however, Van Boskirk, 53, has performed around the state as some of the 25 characters in her one-woman shows "Pioneer Women," "Hillbilly Women," "Prodigal Daughters" and "Armed in the Spirit," and the two-person play "Abigail and Harvey."
She has created several productions based on historical personalities, among them: "The Northwest Woman," "Prodigal Daughters," "Hillbilly Women" and "The Youngest Pioneer."