1 Jurgis, too, had heard of America.
2 So in the summer time they had all set out for America.
3 So America was a place of which lovers and young people dreamed.
4 He has been only six months in America, and the change has not done him good.
5 And when Jurgis had first come to America he had supposed that it was the same.
6 And not only was it the rule here, it was the rule everywhere in America, so far as he knew.
7 It was Jonas who suggested that they all go to America, where a friend of his had gotten rich.
8 Then they ate, and afterward sat and smoked and talked more about America, and how they found it.
9 These were frightful sums, but then they were in America, where people talked about such without fear.
10 Jurgis spent his Christmas in this hospital, and it was the pleasantest Christmas he had had in America.
11 He had come to America as full of hope as the best of them; and now he was the chief problem that worried his son.
12 Then Teta Elzbieta recollected suddenly that Szedvilas had been the name of the mythical friend who had made his fortune in America.
13 When he came home that night he was in a very somber mood, having begun to see at last how those might be right who had laughed at him for his faith in America.
14 And now in the union Jurgis met men who explained all this mystery to him; and he learned that America differed from Russia in that its government existed under the form of a democracy.
15 First they took out the soil to make bricks, and then they filled it up again with garbage, which seemed to Jurgis and Ona a felicitous arrangement, characteristic of an enterprising country like America.
16 The nights had begun to be chilly, and his mother, ignorant as to the climate in America, had sewed him up for the winter; then it had turned warm again, and some kind of a rash had broken out on the child.
17 That was a country where, they said, a man might earn three rubles a day; and Jurgis figured what three rubles a day would mean, with prices as they were where he lived, and decided forthwith that he would go to America and marry, and be a rich man in the bargain.
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