"Agnes Mabel Becky"
Three Merry Widows tin
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThree Merry Widows tin - Credit: Minnesota Historical Society

Agnes-Mabel-Beckie were the names embossed on the tin of the Three Merry Widows brand of condoms. It would not have been easy for Quentin’s lovers to obtain these reusable rubber items, contraception not being favourably regarded in Mississippi. Cornstock laws had been introduced in the 1880s effectively banning access to contraception or information about birth control. This legislation was not reversed until 1965 for married couples and 1972 for the unmarried.