1 Very frequently a lodging house keeper would rent the same beds to double shifts of men.
2 The center of the placard was occupied by a house, brilliantly painted, new, and dazzling.
3 Jurgis was determined that Teta Elzbieta should stay at home to keep house, and that Ona should help her.
4 It was a standing jest of the boarders that Aniele cleaned house by letting the chickens loose in the rooms.
5 The roof of it was of a purple hue, and trimmed with gold; the house itself was silvery, and the doors and windows red.
6 The house inside contained four rooms, plastered white; the basement was but a frame, the walls being unplastered and the floor not laid.
7 The house had a basement, about two feet below the street line, and a single story, about six feet above it, reached by a flight of steps.
8 It appeared that this house contained four rooms, besides a basement, and that it might be bought for fifteen hundred dollars, the lot and all.
9 Ona's heart sank, for the house was not as it was shown in the picture; the color scheme was different, for one thing, and then it did not seem quite so big.
10 Then Marija and Jonas were between them to take a third share in the house, which would leave only eight dollars a month for Jurgis to contribute to the payment.
11 He escorted them to the house, which was one of a long row of the typical frame dwellings of the neighborhood, where architecture is a luxury that is dispensed with.
12 Marija went home, singing out loud all the way, and was just in time to join Ona and her stepmother as they were setting out to go and make inquiry concerning the house.
13 The street in front of the house was unpaved and unlighted, and the view from it consisted of a few exactly similar houses, scattered here and there upon lots grown up with dingy brown weeds.
14 As a matter of fact there was just a little uncertainty as to whether there was a single house left; for the agent had taken so many people to see them, and for all he knew the company might have parted with the last.
15 Passing down the avenue to work that morning he had seen two boys leaving an advertisement from house to house; and seeing that there were pictures upon it, Jurgis had asked for one, and had rolled it up and tucked it into his shirt.
16 For the whole of the first day they wandered about in the midst of deafening confusion, utterly lost; and it was only at night that, cowering in the doorway of a house, they were finally discovered and taken by a policeman to the station.
17 As the frustrating of this one attempt involved a score of false alarms, it will be understood what a tribute old Mrs. Jukniene brought, just because Teta Elzbieta had once loaned her some money for a few days and saved her from being turned out of her house.
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