I think that when Dickens writes "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," the latter portion of the statement applied to workers during the Industrial Revolution. Workers during the Industrial Revolution endured long hours, small compensation, and extremely hazardous working conditions. One has to remember that this is long before unionization of workers, government regulations of conditions in factories, as well as well before the establishment of a minimum wage concept. Workers fled to factory jobs at the behest of the owners of the factories. As industrialization took hold of Europe and then America, it was capitalism that was driven towards the needs of the investors. The workers were a second, if not a tertiary, concern. This is especially evident in the children who were used as workers. Long hours, beatings, and the lack of a childhood represented their treatment during the Industrial Revolution. In this one can see that if child workers endured such harsh and brutal conditions, then the adult workers would have had it as if not much worse. In this, the life of workers during the Industrial Revolution was a brutal and unfair one.