Chapter 4 Summary

At seven o’clock the next morning, Jurgis shows up at the door of the packing house, ready to work. He waits two hours; the foreman said to show up at the door but did not say anything about entering it. Jurgis is put on the line, sweeping the intestines of the butchered cows into a trap. The atmosphere is hot, the smell is overwhelming, and the blood is deep enough to wade through. It is a heavy work day, so Jurgis works until seven o’clock that night. He is overjoyed that he has made more than a dollar and a half. For several days, this is the regular schedule.

Marija marches through various factories, looking for a job. She is consistently turned away until she impresses a forelady with her size. She is given the...

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