Chapter 26 Summary

After the election, Jurgis keeps working at the packing house and stays away from any political activity. There is pressure on the police to stop providing protection to criminals. Jurgis has three hundred dollars in his bank account, and Mike Scully tells him that something might “turn up.” He finds a place at a decent boarding house. He learns that Elzbieta and her family have moved downtown. He forgets them and spends more time with his gang of single young men, who party around town; he turns to gambling and women.

In the spring, the meat packers and the unions have to make a new agreement. Because the price of meat has gone up, the unions want the laborers’ wages to go up as well. The packers do not agree and...

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