What positive and negative aspects of the immigrant experience did Anna Maria Klinger describe in her letters home to Germany?

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Klinger, in a letter home to her parents in Württemberg, describes wages (she worked in the home of a German family) as being higher than in her home country. She is "content for now," she says, with her wages of four dollars a month, which is not bad for a house servant who does not speak English. She also sees room for upward mobility, claiming that she could earn up to 10 dollars a month for the same job if she learns English. She does, however, decry the loneliness and alienation that she says is an almost universal part of the immigrant experience, especially for those people who did not come with their families. 

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