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What is the summary for chapter 21 in Lyddie?

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jamie11398 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2011 at 9:15 AM via web

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What is the summary for chapter 21 in Lyddie?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Lyddie’s chapter 21 is an important chapter in the book because it is a turning point for Lyddie.  In the previous chapter, Lyddie has been helping new girls get accustomed to the factory life.  She also stuck up for Brigid by dumping a bucket of water on her boss, Mr. Marsden.  Mr. Marsden gets Lyddie fired by saying that she has a problem with moral turpitude.  This basically means that she is immoral, but since Lyddie does not know what the word means she cannot defend herself.  This is a turning point for Lyddie because when she is fired she makes it a point to better educate herself.  Since she was not granted a certificate of honorable discharge, she cannot get another job at a mill.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 9, 2015 at 2:41 PM (Answer #2)

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We have seen in the previous chapters that Lyddie has struggled so much to make things in her life better. She has found out that her mother has died while in the asylum. In chapter 21, Lyddie has settled into factory life. She has more responsibilities and now watches over the new employees. She helps Brigid, when Mr. Marsden tries to harass her by pouring water onto him. He gets her fired and she can't defend herself because she is not aware of what the words mean. 

Lyddie still has to look after her sister and herself. Since she was fired she can't get another factory job, because she didn't get an honorable discharge. Lyddie is starting to realize that she needs to have more education if things are going to change in her life. This chapter is huge for Lyddie. She learns just how little she knows and she learns that the only way to make a difference, is to get an education. Lyddie has lost so much up to this point in the book. She has lost the farm, her father, her mother and now her job. She has worked hard to get where she is, just to have it all taken away from her. We really see the strength that Lyddie has inside of her. She is determined to make a difference in her life and the life of her sister.

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