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  • " I knew that the landlord came that morning hollering for the rent. And the whole family were hanging on Bessie's neck for her wages. Unless she got work soon, we'd be thrown in the street to shame and to laughter for the whole world."pg.1
  • "And I cried and cried so, that Mother couldn't make me do it. I was going to bring that coal to Mother even if it killed me."You've got to do it!" I kept talking to myself as I dug my hand into the ashes. "I''m not a thief. I'm not a thief, it's only dirt to them. And it's fire to us. Let them laugh at me. " And I did not return home till my pail was full of coal." pg. 8
  • "The prayers of his daughters didn't count because God didn't listen to women. Heaven and the next world were only for men. Women could get into Heaven because they were wives and daughters of men. Women had no brains for the study of God's Torah, but they could be the servants of men who studied the Torah." pg.9
  • Instead of of the family helping each other out through hard times like for rent and food. The whole family just waited on Bessie the middle child (burden bearer) to come home with the rent money and that everything will be good. In a way she put this on her self and now she is worn out from constant stress and work but is afraid to leave because providing for others is the only life she knows.
  • " I give you the last warning, never to see that man again. If you do, I'll turn you out of the house. You must choose between that scroundrel and your father." pg. 64
  • Because Sara's sisters could still not find work yet, mother had been worried and sad even more because they'd soon run out of food and when Mother asked if she had put the potatoes to boil. Mother cried even more and Sara feeling so bad went on to get coal knowing deep down she did not want to anymore. Sara is not a thief and will never be one, but as Mother had told her she had to come back with a bucket full of coal. With terrible guilt inside her to dig her hand for the left over coal, it had to be done.
  • "I've got to live my own life. It's enough that Mother and the others lived for you."Thank God. I'm not living in the olden times. Thank God, I'm living in America! You made the lives of the other children! I'm going to make my own life!" pg.137
  • Father had no worries because he depended way too much on his wife and daughters. Not once had he even attempted to help and pay rent in the house. His daughters would be doing all the work. He spent most of his time praying to the Torah for the after life and never gave his daughters much credit for what hard work they have done and trying to keep him satisfied.
  • "For the firs time in my life, I knew the luxury of travelling in a Pullman. I even had my dinner in the dinning car . How grand it felt to lean back in my chair, a person among people, and order anything I wanted from the menu. No more herring and pickle over dry bread, I ordered chops and spinach and salad." pg.237
  • Just because Father didn't help out around the house didn't mean he wasn't in control over his daughters. Nothing could keep him away from his daughters relationships. He broke up Masha, Fania, and Bessie's past relationships and one by one he married them off to a crook, a gambler and a fish-peddler. Sara was much too young to be married anytime soon there but only time could tell and father would marry her off as well.
  • As Sara saw how awful Father treated her sisters past relationships and how he married them off not being in-love, Sara didn't want the same for herself. Even if it meant leaving home. Sara wants to actually be someone in the future and she was determined to make her own life and not live the life her father would soon have her live.
  • After hard years of starving over a piece of bread and not having enough for one. She saw beyond of what could be and didn't settle for less like her sisters did. Sara Smolinsky had accomplished what she desired to be and enjoyed what came after her achievements.
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