At the factory, you can make two dollars a week! Yes, I'm a factory girl!
WOW! I only make 50 cents a week now!
Should I go or not?
Man vs. Man
It does no good to rebel against authority, Betsy!!
Wages mean nothing to me, Amelia! Time is more precious than money!
I do like my money...
This is a respectable tavern, not a township poor farm!!
Man vs. Society
Please, I can work well even if I'm poor and dirty!
"She was lying, Lyddie was sure of it. No girl could make that much money in a week's time....That night, again she counted the calf money. The lady had been lying, of course. But still, how had a farmer's daughter bought a silk dress?"(26) When a wealthy-looking factory girl comes to the tavern, the factory girl tells Lyddie that if Lyddie worked at the factory, she would make a lot more money. Lyddie is conflicted over whether to leave or not. f
Betsey and Amelia were constantly arguing, and Lyddie was often in the middle of the fight. When Betsey says that she wants shorter workdays, Amelia gets angry. "Amelia's voice was shaking as she spoke... Lyddie looked from one angry face to another."(93) Personally, Lyddie would have liked to give up the time and keep the money.
When Lyddie went to work for Mistress Cutler, she stereotyped Lyddie because she was dirty, her dress was ragged, and she wasn't wearing shoes. Ms. Cutler knew that Lyddie was poor and was appalled that she would be working there. "You're the new girl?"(20) Ms. Cutler exclaimed when she saw Lyddie, horrified that someone so shabby-looking would be an employee.