It was Bessie's first day of work, a little after her sixth birthday. She was excited, though she had no idea what she was awaiting in the factories. Yet her mother told her nothing.
Bessie and her mother, Olga, had been waiting for this day to come since Bessie was small since Olga and her husband, Richard, made very little money working day and night in the factories. The factory Olga worked at accepted children no younger than six.
Unfortunately this was not a unique story you'd hear every now and then during the Industrial Revolution. Most citizens endured these cruel and poor working conditions with extremely low pay and strict rules. This was the standard living condition for these people in the urbanized areas.
Bessie's first day of work was hard on her. Her mother was not by her side to guide her through the hard labor she had to do beside the pale and coughing people she was with. She was also disgusted at the rats that sped through every once in a while.
Bessie was already tired of her first day working at the factory. She did not want a cycle of poor conditions, short breaks, illness, and low pay, and mistreatment.