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What is a summary for chapter 13 of "Lyddie"?

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What is a summary for chapter 13 of "Lyddie"?

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In chapter 13, Lyddie avoids Diana and Betsy. They are trying to persuade the mill owner to shorten their work days, saying that they are little more than slaves. Lyddie is happy with her job and is adamant that she is not a slave, so she spends as little time as possible with them. But when Lyddie gets hurt on the job, she realizes that Diana is truly her friend because Diana tends to her wound and arranges for her to see a doctor at no cost to herself.

Lyddie has become very good at her work and is begins to operate four looms by herself. She is proud of her efforts, and writes to tell her family that she is saving to help pay off their debts.

Betsy decides to sign the petition calling for a shorter work day, which results in her being fired. So she makes plans to apply to Oberlin College.

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In Chapter Thirteen, Besty has just declared that they are all "slaves" the the working conditions in Lowell.  Lyddie tries to avoid the reality of her own slavery by avoiding Betsy (and Diana as well).  To fill the gap, Lyddie throws herself into her work full-throttle.

Lyddie is now the crown jewel of the factory and able to operate four looms all by herself.  She is desperate to cancel the family debt, so she writes her mom and brother about her endeavors.  Meanwhile, Betsy decides to sign a petition about the horrible conditions in the Lowell Factories and the long hours they are forced to work.  Betsy's grandiose plan is to sign the petition, get fired, and apply to college. 

Due to Lyddie's desperation to pay off her family's debt causes her to lose sight of all compassion for others.  However, now working four looms, the factory is now too dangerous even for Lyddie and she is injured by the working machinery.  As a foil to her own previous anti-compassion, Diana lovingly cares for Lyddie through her recovery and even arranges for a free visit to the doctor.


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Lyddie is hurt and betsy is fired. when lyddie is hurt she finds that her true friend is diana because she cares for her and sets  up a doctors appointment at no cost for her


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