One novel on the list:
The Woodlanders, by Thomas HardyRead about all ten locks of hair on Mullan's list.
Marty South has only her beautiful hair to qualify her for anyone's attention. A rich lady sees her in church and wants some of it to attach to her own. Initially Marty resists the offers of Mr Percomb the barber, but eventually poverty forces her to his shop, with "the chestnut locks" wrapped in "a brown-paper packet". Humiliation is complete.
The Page 99 Test: Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders.