How does Lyddie compare the factory work to her life in the tavern?

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It's fair to say that Lyddie doesn't enjoy working at the factory any more that she did slaving away for sixteen hours a day at Cutler's Tavern. And no wonder—working conditions in the factory are truly appalling. The hours are long, the pay is lousy, and workplace accidents are an ever-present danger. To make matters worse, the supervisor is a sexual predator who can't keep his hands to himself. All in all, it's not a place where anyone would work if they had the choice.

But Lyddie, like all the young ladies who work there, has no choice. She has to make money for her family, and fast, and this is the only way to do it. Although working in a factory is hard, it's still better than toiling away for a pittance at Cutler's Tavern. For one thing, Lyddie feels so much more independent. Instead of having someone looking over her shoulder all the time, she's given a fair amount of leeway in how she works.

Lyddie's very good at her job and is able to work a lot more quickly than most of her co-workers. Because of this, she's able to make a lot more money that she could ever have made at Cutler's Tavern. In the factory, hard work pays in a way that it never did at Lyddie's previous employers.

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