1 While he was doing it he would do it thoroughly, and see how it felt to be clean.
2 He was resting for the moment, for the wheel had stopped while men were cleaning up.
3 There were men to cut it, and men to split it, and men to gut it and scrape it clean inside.
4 When Jurgis had first come to the stockyards he had been as clean as any workingman could well be.
5 The banks of "Bubbly Creek" are plastered thick with hairs, and this also the packers gather and clean.
6 It was a standing jest of the boarders that Aniele cleaned house by letting the chickens loose in the rooms.
7 There were men to scrape each side and men to scrape the back; there were men to clean the carcass inside, to trim it and wash it.
8 For they had set him to cleaning out the traps; and the family sat round and listened in wonder while he told them what that meant.
9 They had dreamed of freedom; of a chance to look about them and learn something; to be decent and clean, to see their child grow up to be strong.
10 Here came the entrails, to be scraped and washed clean for sausage casings; men and women worked here in the midst of a sickening stench, which caused the visitors to hasten by, gasping.
11 Undoubtedly this did keep down the vermin, but it seemed probable, in view of all the circumstances, that the old lady regarded it rather as feeding the chickens than as cleaning the rooms.
12 Jurgis attended and got half insane with drink, and began quarreling over a girl; his arm was pretty strong by then, and he set to work to clean out the place, and ended in a cell in the police station.
13 Marija came home, and because she was a person who could not rest without danger of explosion, they first had a great house cleaning, and then she set out to search Packingtown for a job to fill up the gap.
14 So in a trice the carcass of the cow would be cleaned out, and entrails would have vanished; it was Jurgis' task to slide them into the trap, calves and all, and on the floor below they took out these "slunk" calves, and butchered them for meat, and used even the skins of them.
15 Little Kotrina was like most children of the poor, prematurely made old; she had to take care of her little brother, who was a cripple, and also of the baby; she had to cook the meals and wash the dishes and clean house, and have supper ready when the workers came home in the evening.
16 There was a building in which the bristles were cleaned and dried, for the making of hair cushions and such things; there was a building where the skins were dried and tanned, there was another where heads and feet were made into glue, and another where bones were made into fertilizer.
17 The truth was that she had definitely given up the idea of cleaning anything, under pressure of an attack of rheumatism, which had kept her doubled up in one corner of her room for over a week; during which time eleven of her boarders, heavily in her debt, had concluded to try their chances of employment in Kansas City.
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