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What are two things Lyddie appreciates and dislikes about living in the boardinghouse?

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In Lyddie by Katherine Paterson, Lyddie appreciates the safety of the boardinghouse, where she has plenty of food and can sleep mostly in comfort. She also appreciates Mrs. Bedlow and her roommates, especially Betsy, who reads to her. The boardinghouse, however, offers little privacy and plenty of rules and regulations, and after her roommates go home, Lyddie is lonely.

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In Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie, the title character experiences a major life change when she moves into boardinghouse Number Five, Concord Corporation in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lyddie has never before lived with a group of young women around her own age, and this involves some adjustment for her.

Lyddie does appreciate the security of the boardinghouse. It is a place where she can safely and mostly comfortably sleep (even though she shares a room with three other girls and a bed with Betsy), and it is a place where she has enough to eat. The boardinghouse mistress, Mrs. Bedlow, is compassionate, helpful, and even motherly toward the girls, and Lyddie finds some camaraderie with her roommates, Amelia, Prudence, and Betsy, who take her shopping and try to help her settle in. Betsy even reads Oliver Twist to Lyddie and inspires in her a love of story and a desire to read better for herself.

The boardinghouse is far from perfect, however. There is little privacy, for one thing, and Amelia tends to be bossy and wants to mold Lyddie to her own ideas (which doesn't work). Further, the girls are subject to all kinds of rules and regulations from the company. They have a strict curfew and a tight schedule, and they are strongly encouraged to attend church services (and frowned upon if they don't). Further, after her roommates leave Lowell, Lyddie fails to connect with any of the other girls at the boardinghouse and finds herself quite lonely. Finally, when Lyddie loses her job, she also loses her home, for only girls employed at the mill can live in the boardinghouse.

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One thing that Lyddie definitely appreciates from the boardinghouse is the support system that she gets from it. Mrs. Bedlow is a strict but kind owner. She offers to take Lyddie in and even helps Lyddie out with a loan for clothes worthy of a factory girl. Mrs. Bedlow is also willing to slightly bend her own rules for Lyddie when Rachel comes to stay with her. Mrs. Bedlow isn't the only person that Lyddie receives support from, either. The other girls in the boardinghouse act as her surrogate family. She eats with them, fights with them, discusses with them, and laughs with them. Lyddie is even taught to read by one of the other girls in the house. As for what Lyddie doesn't like, that is mainly limited to her distaste at how the corporations force their rules on her personal life. Lyddie is forced to go to church, which actually cuts into her earnings, and she isn't thrilled about what it costs her to keep up with the factory girl dress code. Finally, Lyddie doesn't get as much privacy in the boardinghouse as she might like sometimes. It's crowded:

But even so, there was hardly any space to walk around the two double beds, the two tiny nightstands, and the various trunks and bandboxes of the inhabitants.

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Mrs. Bedlow, the boardinghouse keeper, is very nice.  Lyddie likes the stove, and wants to sit next to it on her first night there because it is very warm.  Lyddie enjoys the girls in the boardinghouse, though she doesn’t like the fact that they spend almost all of her money buying Lyddie new clothes appropriate for the factory. 

In addition to the nice people, Lyddie loves reading with Betsy.  She has a copy of Oliver Twist, and the story just captivates Lyddie.  She hasn’t had much education, and she wants to learn to read and write more proficiently.  Reading with Betsy in their limited spare time becomes her favorite thing to do.

Lyddie finds the boardinghouse a little crowded.  At first she is in the attic alone, but then they move her to a bedroom.  She has to share a bed, and there are four girls to a room. 

Four to a room was in itself a luxury, as most of the rooms held six.  But even so, there was hardly any space to walk around the two double beds, the two tiny nightstands, and the various trunks and bandboxes of the inhabitants. (Ch. 8) 

Lyddie doesn’t like that the boardinghouse and factory corporation require her to attend church.  She lived outside of town on the farm and her family could never afford pew rent, so they did not go.  Lyddie doesn’t want to spend her hard-earned money on church, because she is saving it to get back her farm.  Betsy advises her on a cheaper way to do it. 

“…They'll probably make you put in an appearance from time to time somewhere. The Methodists don't press girls for pew rent, so if you're short on money, best go there. You have to pay for it in longer sermons, but nonetheless I always recommend the Methodists to new girls with no particular desire to go anywhere." (Ch. 8)

Lyddie doesn't like that the corporation makes decisions like this for her, from having to buy new clothes to paying for church.  She worries that she can't read well enough to understand all of the rules and regulations.  One of these is that she has to get vaccinations, which she finds unpleasant.

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What are two things Lyddie appreciates and two things she does not like?

Lyddie appreciates hard work.  While a reader may not agree with every decision that Lyddie makes throughout the story, there is no doubt that she is a hard worker that is laser focused.  Lyddie also appreciates the value of money.  I would say that she appreciates it to a fault.  She is not a generous person through most of the story, and she puts her pursuit of money and financial independence above all other things.  Lyddie also has an appreciation for learning.  She learned to read and kept improving her reading abilities.  At the end of the story she even chooses to go to college instead of continue working in the factories.  

Lyddie does not like depending on other people.  She likes knowing that she can fend for herself on her own.  That's evidenced by her not immediately accepting a marriage proposal from Luke.  Lyddie also can't stand other people's lack of common sense or stupidity.  The best evidence for that is in her initial treatment of Brigid.  Lyddie can't stand teaching her how to work the loom and looks for the first opportunity to get Brigid moved to her own loom.  That way, Lyddie won't have to waste any more time teaching her. 

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