1 Then a long time ago the man came for the rent.
2 Very frequently a lodging house keeper would rent the same beds to double shifts of men.
3 And we owe Aniele for two weeks' rent, and she is nearly starving, and is afraid of being turned out.
4 It was not less tragic because it was so sordid, because it had to do with wages and grocery bills and rents.
5 Deducting from this the rent, interest, and installments on the furniture, they had left sixty dollars, and deducting the coal, they had fifty.
6 There was the rent to pay, and still some on the furniture; there was the insurance just due, and every month there was sack after sack of coal.
7 The agent was most polite, and explained that that was the usual formula; that it was always arranged that the property should be merely rented.
8 And when they gave up the house plan and decided to rent, the prospect of paying out nine dollars a month forever they found just as hard to face.
9 He had lost his house but then the awful load of the rent and interest was off his shoulders, and when Marija was well again they could start over and save.
10 Then he went to his landlady, who had rented his place and had no other for him; and then to his boardinghouse keeper, who looked him over and questioned him.
11 As it chanced, he had been hurt on a Monday, and had just paid for his last week's board and his room rent, and spent nearly all the balance of his Saturday's pay.
12 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.
13 They had learned that they would have to pay a rent of nine dollars a month for a flat, and there was no way of doing better, unless the family of twelve was to exist in one or two rooms, as at present.
14 If they paid rent, of course, they might pay forever, and be no better off; whereas, if they could only meet the extra expense in the beginning, there would at last come a time when they would not have any rent to pay for the rest of their lives.
15 There was one belonging to a Hebrew collar button peddler, who had died in the room next to him, and which the landlady was holding for her rent; in the end, however, Jurgis decided to do without it, as he was to be underground by day and in bed at night.
16 They were behind with their rent all the time, but the company was good to them; there was some politics back of that, Grandmother Majauszkiene could not say just what, but the Laffertys had belonged to the "War Whoop League," which was a sort of political club of all the thugs and rowdies in the district; and if you belonged to that, you could never be arrested for anything.