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Lyddie feels like a slave when she is sold to the tavern. Lyddie is not actually a slave, but she sometimes feels like one. Her mother sells her and her brother to pay off the family debts. Since...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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The first time the title character in Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie has any money at all is when she sells the calf she and her brother raised. Lyddie tells Charlie, “We got to think about...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2021, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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Even before Lyddie enters the factory, from outside she can hear the loudness of the equipment within. Once she enters the weaving room, there are numerous references to the noise that the looms...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2021, 4:59 am (UTC)

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Lyddie's response to her workplace injury speaks volumes about her personality. She's a very tough, redoubtable young woman, a fighter who takes on life's many challenges with courage and...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018, 8:17 am (UTC)

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Lyddie doesn't sign the petition to improve working conditions in the factory for a number of reasons. First and foremost, she's something of an individualist. The idea of collective action is...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2020, 6:56 am (UTC)

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In Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie, the title character experiences a major life change when she moves into boardinghouse Number Five, Concord Corporation in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lyddie has...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie goes to sign the petition for better working conditions in Chapter Nineteen. By the time this chapter rolls around, Lyddie is already feeling fairly depressed. In the previous chapter,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 14, Lyddie returns to work before she is fully recovered from being hit by the shuttle. The working conditions at the factory are taking a toll on everyone - Amelia returns home, and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2008, 12:58 am (UTC)

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Chapter 4 begins by telling the reader more about how grueling a time that Lyddie is having while working in the tavern. Mrs. Cutler is a cruel task master and Lyddie is afraid of her and...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is so taken aback by the interview when Mr. Marsden brings her before the company agent that she is speechless. Mr. Marsden accuses her of "moral turpitude," and she does not know what...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 16 of Lyddie—titled "Fever"—is not even quite five pages long, but it contains an enormous amount of information that moves the plot along. At the beginning of the chapter, Lyddie is...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is upset because her fellow factory girls want her to sign a petition for workers’ rights. She doesn't sign even as conditions get more dangerous, and eventually she gets hurt. The main...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016, 8:47 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of Chapter 3, Lyddie stands outside Cutler's Tavern. She notes that the tavern is larger than the Stevenses' farmhouse. At this point, Lyddie is feeling discouraged. She can't...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is a factory girl who works for a corporation. She also stays in a corporation-owned boardinghouse. What all this means is that Lyddie has to adhere to certain rules and social protocols....

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018, 1:04 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 5, Lyddie continues to struggle with work in the tavern, so when Mistress Cutler takes a trip to Massachusetts to sell the maple sugar, Triphena makes a suggestion to Lyddie: go visit...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2015, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie learns patience from helping Brigid learn how to read and work in the factory. When Lyddie first meets Brigid, she is irritated by the fact that she has to train a new girl. She does not...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016, 3:46 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 11, the plot centers on Lyddie's summer and her efforts at learning how to read. At the beginning of the chapter, we learn that Betsy has been reading Oliver Twist to Lyddie. This is an...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018, 6:38 pm (UTC)

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When Lyddie opens, Mr. Worthen, Lyddie's father, has been away for two years. He left the family because the prospects he had for making money on their farm had soured. The maple trees he had on...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2016, 5:53 am (UTC)

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Chapter 12, titled "I Will Not Be A Slave," begins with Lyddie working on the factory floor. She has gotten into a solid rhythm working the machines and feels good about the work. It seems that the...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is independent and hard-working no matter what the challenge. To say that a person is determined means that the person does not give up. Lyddie definitely does not give up. She faces...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 22, "Farwell," begins with Lyddie reeling from her dismissal from her job at the mill. She will need to leave Lowell and is very uncertain about her future. The official reason given for...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020, 7:05 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 2, Lyddie and Charles leave their home and go separate ways. Each of them has been hired out to work in order to pay off debts their mother owes on their property. The land has been...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2017, 4:23 am (UTC)

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Lyddie gets paid per piece once a week, but most of her pay goes to her board until she is discharged and paid full wages. Lyddie works at the mill after she loses her job at the tavern. At the...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016, 3:45 am (UTC)

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The action of this chapter takes place at the boarding house and at the Concord Corporation factory, and the characters who speak are Lyddie, Rachel, Mrs. Bedlow, Diana, and Brigid. As this chapter...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2016, 3:30 am (UTC)

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In spring, the maple syrup sugar making is done and Mrs. Cutler leaves to sell it. During the winter, Lyddie and the others at the tavern work hard making maple tree syrup into maple sugar. It is...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 2:33 am (UTC)

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Lyddie focuses on her work and does not want to join any labor movements, and then she gets injured on the job. Lyddie does not want to join the movements for factory workers’ rights. She is...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016, 5:41 am (UTC)

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Very little detail is given to readers regarding Lyddie's father. When the book begins, he is already absent from the family. As readers continue with the book, we are able to piece some things...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2020, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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Three reasons why Lyddie should sign the petition: 1). It's important for all the workers at the factory to show solidarity, to stick together. If pay and conditions can be improved, then Lyddie...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018, 10:30 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 18, Charlie comes to visit Lyddie. He has been sent on the train by the Phinneys, and he has "good news." Not only have the Phinneys taken him on as an apprentice, they also want to...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2017, 4:57 am (UTC)

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Lyddie gets a letter telling her that her mother died. Since she was a little girl, Lyddie wanted nothing more than to get her family back together. Her father left when her youngest sister Agnes...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 4:53 am (UTC)

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A true "Lowell Factory Girl," Lyddie spends her first day finally working in the dismal textile factory. Lyddie's day begins even before the sun comes up. It is a horrid, thirteen-hour day. Even...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2014, 11:02 pm (UTC)

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These chapters take place at the textile mill where Lyddie works. Lyddie works at this textile mill in order to pay off her family’s debts. The fields, horse, and cow are being rented out....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2014, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 21 is an important chapter in Lyddie. It is often pointed to as the climactic chapter, because its events steer Lyddie onto a completely new life path. In the previous chapter, Lyddie stood...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016, 1:41 pm (UTC)

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Things have not been going well for Lyddie in the chapters leading up to chapter 15. The pace of the machines has been picking up. While that means more money for Lyddie, it also means that she is...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2021, 12:25 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is impressed with the factory girl in Lyddie. When Lyddie is working at Cutler’s Tavern, she meets a factory worker for the first time. She is very impressed by the girl because she happens...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2015, 9:57 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 16: "Fever" Lyddie spends more than two weeks wages to purchase some necessities for Rachel. At work, Brigid is slower than ever. When Lyddie discovers that Brigid's mother is sick and...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017, 7:17 pm (UTC)

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The first chapter of Lyddie opens with an ominous use of foreshadowing. The narrator starts by telling the reader that "The bear had been their undoing. Though at the time they had all laughed."...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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When chapter 20 begins, Lyddie is working at her looms but remains wary of Mr. Marsden. She is worried that he would find some reason to have her fired, but they seem to have settled on just...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020, 8:10 pm (UTC)

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When Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie begins, the title character is only thirteen years old, but she is mature far beyond her years, and she shows in many ways that she is an independent young...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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In Chapters 20 - 22, Lyddie notices that Brigid is missing one day as they leave from work. She goes back to find her, and discovers Mr. Marsden making inappropriate advances towards Brigid in the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2008, 2:03 pm (UTC)

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At first, Lyddie thrives on the speed-up. She has quickly become one of the factory's top-producing girls, so Lyddie has always been able to handle the big demand and long hours being put on the...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016, 11:30 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie feels resentful of the injustice when she is fired, but she knows that there is nothing she can do about it. Mr. Marsden targeted Lyddie because she saw him harassing Brigid and stopped...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016, 3:22 am (UTC)

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The character of Lyddie, as the embodiment of the feminine aspect of the Industrial revolution, has just reached a turning point in her life: she leaves her farm in Vermont and the poverty there...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2014, 1:20 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found near the end of chapter 19. The first half of this chapter contains narration about Lyddie attending one of Diana's meetings, and Lyddie leaves frustrated...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie has been working hard at Cutler's tavern, and I mean really hard. Mrs. Cutler is a serious task master, and Lyddie can barely catch a moment to herself. Fortunately, Lyddie is a hard...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Lyddie is the story of a farm girl whose family falls apart. When her parents are gone, the children are unable to make ends meet. Lyddie goes to the city of Lowell to become a factory girl....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2015, 12:54 am (UTC)

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Chapter 2 moves around quite a bit; therefore, the specific setting details change as Lyddie and her brother move from place to place. When the chapter first begins, the setting is the Worthen...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Chapter 21 isn't the only chapter that shows how Lyddie and the other girls have next to no rights whatsoever. The girls on the factory floor are pushed hard. The machines work at blindly fast...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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Betsy leaves the mill because she is too sick to work and wants to go to college. Betsy is a factory worker and a friend of Lyddie’s. She is interested in Lyddie right away. Lyddie shares a bed...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 1:23 am (UTC)

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Lyddie is the story of a farm girl whose family falls apart. When her parents are gone, the children are unable to make ends meet. Lyddie goes to the city of Lowell to become a factory girl....

Latest answer posted December 14, 2014, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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