The Jungle [NOOK Book]

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It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began
to arrive. There had been a crowd following all the way, owing to the
exuberance of Marija Berczynskas. The occasion rested heavily upon
Marija's broad shoulders--it was her task to see that all things ...
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It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began
to arrive. There had been a crowd following all the way, owing to the
exuberance of Marija Berczynskas. The occasion rested heavily upon
Marija's broad shoulders--it was her task to see that all things went in
due form, and after the best home traditions; and, flying wildly
hither and thither, bowling every one out of the way, and scolding and
exhorting all day with her tremendous voice, Marija was too eager to see
that others conformed to the proprieties to consider them herself. She
had left the church last of all, and, desiring to arrive first at the
hall, had issued orders to the coachman to drive faster. When that
personage had developed a will of his own in the matter, Marija had
flung up the window of the carriage, and, leaning out, proceeded to
tell him her opinion of him, first in Lithuanian, which he did not
understand, and then in Polish, which he did. Having the advantage of
her in altitude, the driver had stood his ground and even ventured to
attempt to speak; and the result had been a furious altercation, which,
continuing all the way down Ashland Avenue, had added a new swarm of
urchins to the cortege at each side street for half a mile.

This was unfortunate, for already there was a throng before the door.
The music had started up, and half a block away you could hear the dull
"broom, broom" of a cello, with the squeaking of two fiddles which vied
with each other in intricate and altitudinous gymnastics. Seeing
the throng, Marija abandoned precipitately the debate concerning the
ancestors of her coachman, and, springing from the moving carriage,
plunged in and proceeded to clear a way to the hall. Once within, she
turned and began to push the other way, roaring, meantime, "Eik! Eik!
Uzdaryk-duris!" in tones which made the orchestral uproar sound like
fairy music.

"Z. Graiczunas, Pasilinksminimams darzas. Vynas. Sznapsas. Wines and
Liquors. Union Headquarters"--that was the way the signs ran. The
reader, who perhaps has never held much converse in the language of
far-off Lithuania, will be glad of the explanation that the place was
the rear room of a saloon in that part of Chicago known as "back of the
yards." This information is definite and suited to the matter of fact;
but how pitifully inadequate it would have seemed to one who understood
that it was also the supreme hour of ecstasy in the life of one of
God's gentlest creatures, the scene of the wedding feast and the
joy-transfiguration of little Ona Lukoszaite!

She stood in the doorway, shepherded by Cousin Marija, breathless from
pushing through the crowd, and in her happiness painful to look upon.
There was a light of wonder in her eyes and her lids trembled, and
her otherwise wan little face was flushed. She wore a muslin dress,
conspicuously white, and a stiff little veil coming to her shoulders.
There were five pink paper roses twisted in the veil, and eleven bright
green rose leaves. There were new white cotton gloves upon her hands,
and as she stood staring about her she twisted them together feverishly.
It was almost too much for her--you could see the pain of too great
emotion in her face, and all the tremor of her form. She was so
young--not quite sixteen--and small for her age, a mere child; and she
had just been married--and married to Jurgis,* (*Pronounced Yoorghis) of
all men, to Jurgis Rudkus, he with the white flower in the buttonhole of
his new black suit, he with the mighty shoulders and the giant hands.

Ona was blue-eyed and fair, while Jurgis had great black eyes with
beetling brows, and thick black hair that curled in waves about his
ears--in short, they were one of those incongruous and impossible
married couples with which Mother Nature so often wills to
confound all prophets, before and after. Jurgis could take up a
two-hundred-and-fifty-pound quarter of beef and carry it into a car
without a stagger, or even a thought; and now he stood in a far corner,
frightened as a hunted animal, and obliged to moisten his lips with
his tongue each time before he could answer the congratulations of his
friends.

Gradually there was effected a separation between the spectators and
the guests--a separation at least sufficiently complete for working
purposes. There was no time during the festivities which ensued when
there were not groups of onlookers in the doorways and the corners;
and if any one of these onlookers came sufficiently close, or looked
sufficiently hungry, a chair was offered him, and he was invited to the
feast. It was one of the laws of the veselija that no one goes hungry;
and, while a rule made in the forests of Lithuania is hard to apply
in
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012097057
  • Publisher: SAP
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 347 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    Bad scan with typos

    Unreadable due to bad scanning

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Missing pieces!!!!

    This book is missing segments. Don't waste your money!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Unreadable

    Bad ebook version. Do not purchase

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    DO NOT BUY unless "unabridged" doesn't mean anything t

    DO NOT BUY unless "unabridged" doesn't mean anything to you. Sinclair's original text had 36 chapters, this book has the more commonly released 31 chapters. Shame on B&N!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Don't bother!

    I love this book, but this version starts in the middle of chapter 9. Very unhappy!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Terrible! Do not waste your money.

    The print was entirely too small. I purchased it, but was unable to read it.
    I tried changing the letter size (Aa), pinch and zoom nothing worked.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    A must read for those interested in food safety

    My profession is in the field of food safety. I have been both and government inspector and now work in industry training people who handle our food every day. It is my professional interest which originally drove me to read this book years ago. I recommend this book to students in my advanced food safety certification classes.

    The public outcry from the publication of this book actually caused the federal government to do something about the safety of the food supply, and the results of which have led to our current system of food safety regulations and inspections.

    Food safety is not the only relevant topic from this book. Although considered muckracking journalism, it is also one of the original examples of investigative journalism. The author originally intended this book to promote socialism, but instead it led to reform of our food regulatory system.

    The narrative story of the book may not be a gripping tale, but it is used well as a device to help the reader understand what was happening in the food packing industry at the time, as well as the politics and economic realities of the times.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    I would recommend this book...

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history, social living, or ethics. Great book, fairly easy to read save for a few words that I needed to look up. It went fast and it really pulls you into the lives of the people.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Warrior Brute Dragon

    I am Dragon. I am a large brute of pure black coat. I have no scars on the outside but am scarred on the inside. I have killed many innocent wolves because my once alpha told me to. I was used. I now am weighted down by grief and disgust at myself. I will protect this pack. But I can not be loved. I am a monster. My eyes are even red from a defect. I am too strong ad ugly in my heart.

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Muckrakers

    Such a muckraker. He should just mind his buisness and let companies do their job

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Loved it until....

    Loved the book until the end. Loved the meat-packing industry outings and characters. Truely disliked the end. Polical ending was out of place and unnecessary and killed the book for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Hmmmm?

    My history teacher was telling my class about muckrakers, and he told us about this book. I was completly grossed out in class, but i also want to read this. Sorta. Not sure if i should. Any suggestions?

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    It came fast and in great condition!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Full of Errors

    Many errors, unable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Argree with 2 below

    Dont rp here in warroirs books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Absolutely timeless

    I work in a meat plant, so thats why i read this

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Big warrriors fan but why.....

    Why do yiu guys insist on rping here? Trus me. There are other great places for it. ~Cloudstar pf the coastclans region's skyclan.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    always wanted to read this book

    I remember learning about this book in middle school. and I finally got to read it. This book became infamous because of its muck raking having to do with treatment of animals and workers in the meat industry, but it's funny this book really is not about the slaughterhouses. great story, a classic that everyone should read at least once

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    VORTEX TO KATE NEW PLACE

    Go to talking res 1

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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