' "So! You've decided to honor us with a visit!" ... "You're dismissed!" ' (pg. 44)
MAN VS SELF
Creation! What a noise!
A large black bear unexpectedly broke into Lyddie's cabin, leaving Lyddie to fend for her and her family's lives. This is an example of a Man vs Nature conflict because Lyddie must defend against a bear (the antagonist), which is a part of nature. 'Lyddie looked up ..., and there in the doorway was a massive black head, the nose up and smelling, the tin eyes bright with hungry anticipation.' (pg. 1)
After Lyddie returns from her short trip to her family's cabin, she learns that her mistress had returned earlier than expected. The mistress was infuriated and dismissed (fired) Lyddie on the spot. This is an example of a Man vs Man conflict because Lyddie (the protagonist) has an argument/problem with the mistress of the tavern (the antagonist).
When Lyddie first entered the mill, she realized how utterly and painfully loud it was. This is an example of a Man vs Self conflict because her instincts told her to hide from the horrific noises, but her senses told her to stay and uphold her dignity (a tough internal choice.) 'Her impulse was to turn and run to the door, down the rickety stairs ... out of this hellish city and back, back, back to the green hills and quiet pastures. But of course she didn't move a step.' (pg. 63)