Little Mother America

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CHAPTER THREE Face to face with the world, Men took stock of her resources. They were obviously few. She could sew. She could garden. She could speak enough unembellished, elementary English to make herself understood in the ...
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CHAPTER THREE Face to face with the world, Men took stock of her resources. They were obviously few. She could sew. She could garden. She could speak enough unembellished, elementary English to make herself understood in the ordinary intercourse of simple life. That was all. Systematically, she went over the various plans for the future that she had heard the girls discuss, hoping to discover in them some suggestion that she might adopt in her extremity, for she must immediately find the means of earning her living. Out of all those impractical and vainly foolish speculations, there was just one that seemed to offer a possible chance. That was the least attractive,— work in the munition plants. In those periods of receptive absorption at the home, no small detail had escaped her, except sometimes, when she did not understand a key word, or a bit of idiomatic construction. She had learned from the girls the location of some of the plants, for the frequent explosions caused them to be a topic of constant conversation. She knew also, that because of the enormous increase in production caused by the war in Europe, they were in need of many new workers,— a large percentage of whom were women. And as though in response to her need, she found in the columns of a New York paper, a small advertisement for young women between the ages of nineteen and twenty-seven to work in an ammunition plant in New Jersey. She was eligible so far as she could judge. She must surely be past nineteen but shewas certain that she could not be so old as twenty-seven! That seemed to her to be a preposterous age. She made up her mind to apply for such a position at once. The unused fund she had brought to this country in her bosom, which Sister Constance had long ago exchanged for her into coin of t...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217508278
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 60
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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CHAPTER THREE Face to face with the world, Men took stock of her resources. They were obviously few. She could sew. She could garden. She could speak enough unembellished, elementary English to make herself understood in the ordinary intercourse of simple life. That was all. Systematically, she went over the various plans for the future that she had heard the girls discuss, hoping to discover in them some suggestion that she might adopt in her extremity, for she must immediately find the means of earning her living. Out of all those impractical and vainly foolish speculations, there was just one that seemed to offer a possible chance. That was the least attractive,— work in the munition plants. In those periods of receptive absorption at the home, no small detail had escaped her, except sometimes, when she did not understand a key word, or a bit of idiomatic construction. She had learned from the girls the location of some of the plants, for the frequent explosions caused them to be a topic of constant conversation. She knew also, that because of the enormous increase in production caused by the war in Europe, they were in need of many new workers,— a large percentage of whom were women. And as though in response to her need, she found in the columns of a New York paper, a small advertisement for young women between the ages of nineteen and twenty-seven to work in an ammunition plant in New Jersey. She was eligible so far as she could judge. She must surely be past nineteen but she was certain that she could not be so old as twenty-seven! That seemed to her to be a preposterous age. She made up her mind to apply for such a position at once. The unused fund she had broughtto this country in her bosom, which Sister Constance had long ago exchanged for her into coin of t...
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