1 He was only half able to realize the words.
2 It would have been better if Jurgis had been really ill; if he had not been able to think.
3 So long as each of them could bring home nine or ten dollars a week, they were able to get along finely.
4 But now Marija was able to call names in English, and so she got the woman who made the mistake to disliking her.
5 And then, when he was able to use his hands, Jurgis took his bedding again and went back to his task of shifting rails.
6 Cheap as the houses were, they were sold with the idea that the people who bought them would not be able to pay for them.
7 It was a great help to a person who had to toil all the week to be able to look forward to some such relaxation as this on Saturday nights.
8 They had only been able to buy one stove, and this was a small one, and proved not big enough to warm even the kitchen in the bitterest weather.
9 Jurgis was not able to figure, except it was a very simple sum, but Ona was like lightning at such things, and she worked out the problem for the family.
10 So Ona began thinking of seeking employment herself, saying that if she had even ordinarily good luck, she might be able to take two months off the time.
11 He wanted to know what was going on at the meetings, and to be able to take part in them, and so he began to look about him, and to try to pick up words.
12 Ona was scarcely able to stand with exhaustion; but if she were to lose her place they would be ruined, and she would surely lose it if she were not on time that day.
13 The family had moved; they had not been able to pay the rent and they had been turned out into the snow, and the house had been repainted and sold again the next week.
14 The delegate explained to him how it depended upon their being able to get every man to join and stand by the organization, and so Jurgis signified that he was willing to do his share.
15 They had fooled the company, however, for her son was a skilled man, who made as high as a hundred dollars a month, and as he had had sense enough not to marry, they had been able to pay for the house.
16 The packers had wanted a bridge at Ashland Avenue, but they had not been able to get it till they had seen Scully; and it was the same with "Bubbly Creek," which the city had threatened to make the packers cover over, till Scully had come to their aid.
17 Very often a man could get no work in Packingtown for months, while a child could go and get a place easily; there was always some new machine, by which the packers could get as much work out of a child as they had been able to get out of a man, and for a third of the pay.
18 So negotiations were opened, and after an interview Ona came home and reported that the forelady seemed to like her, and had said that, while she was not sure, she thought she might be able to put her at work sewing covers on hams, a job at which she would earn as much as eight or ten dollars a week.
19 In the end one of the men, seeing his plight, came over and rescued him; but it was some time before he was able to find any one to explain things to him, and meanwhile his fear lest the strange little Irishman should get him cornered again was enough to keep him dodging about the room the whole evening.
20 If we are the greatest nation the sun ever shone upon, it would seem to be mainly because we have been able to goad our wage-earners to this pitch of frenzy; though there are a few other things that are great among us including our drink-bill, which is a billion and a quarter of dollars a year, and doubling itself every decade.