Lyddie is a mill girl who is 12 years of age. Betsy is another mill girl, who is trying to persuade Lyddie to sign the petition to leave the mill because of bad working conditions. On page 92, "Hurrah!" Betsy called out. "That's it! I wait till I've got all the money I need, sign the petition, and exit this city of spindles and a veritable fireworks of defiance." "No!" Lyddie was startled herself that she had spoken so sharply.
When Lyddie is working in the mill room she gets hit by the shuttle in the loom. Diana is an older girl that helps Lyddie with her injury. When Diana tries to help Lyddie, Lyddie is worried about the money and she doesn't want to go to the doctor because that costs money. "Diana put her arm around Lyddie's shoulders. "Lean on me," she said. "I'll take you home." "The bell ain't rung," Lyddie protested weakly.
Lyddie is trying to protect her family from the bear. This is a conflict between Lyddie and nature because the bear is part of nature. "Lyddie glared straight into the bears eyes, daring him to step forward into the cabin."