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

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter thirteen begins with Betsy declaring that the factory working girls are equivalent to slaves.  Diana agrees with her.  Lyddie simply can't convince herself that she is a slave.  After all, she is at least getting paid for her hard work.  Because of the building tension between Lyddie and the two other girls, Lyddie begins to avoid them.  She throws herself into her work, and is one of the factory's top producers.  She is working up to four machines at one time.  

Lyddie also writes a letter home to her family explaining her successes, hard work, and attempts to pay off all of the family debt. I believe that she is looking for any kind of support that she can find at this point.  As the chapter progresses, the reader learns that Betsy has indeed decided to sign the petition for better working conditions.  Betsy is fired for it, and then she decides to apply to attend Oberlin College.  

As Lyddie is stressed to max with her efforts to work so many machines at one time, she is injured.  Fortunately, Diana is an incredibly loving and caring individual and doesn't avoid Lyddie the way that Lyddie avoided her.  Diana helps care for Lyddie's injury and even arranges for Lyddie to see a doctor friend of hers.  All at no cost to Lyddie.  

Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

delaneyescudero | Student

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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