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The general setting for Lyddie by Katherine Paterson is a nineteenth-century factory in Vermont, and that mill is the primary setting for chapter thirteen of the novel.
In this chapter, Lyddie Worthen tries to distance herself from Diana and Betsy, since they are actively trying to change the working conditions at the mill and consider that they are being treated as slaves. Lyddie does not feel the same way. She is content with the job she has and therefore she is keeping her distance from her friends. In fact, Lyddie is so competent at her job that she can run four looms all by herself.
Encouraged by her increased production, Lyddie writes to her family (her mother and her brother) and is thrilled to tell them she will be sending money to pay off their debts.
"Our Lyddie loves money too much to cause trouble."
Betsy is determined to sign the petition for higher wages and, not unexpectedly, she is fired. Her plan now is to attend Oberlin College.
Unfortunately, Lyddie's drive for money, her single-mindedness toward her own goals, and her contentment with her job all rather isolate her from the other girls at the mill. When Lyddie gets hurt, however, she discovers a true friend in Diana, one of the women pushing for reform in the mill. Diana not only tends to Lyddie's wounds but she arranges for her to see a doctor free of charge.
The mill is in Lowell, Mass.
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