1 So this grim old women went on with her tale of horrors.
2 And if it was bad for the men, one may imagine how the women and children fared.
3 So there was nothing to be done but to trust it to the women, with Szedvilas, who promised to go with them.
4 For the women there were waiting big two-horse wagons, which set off at a gallop as fast as they were filled.
5 The men grasp the women very tightly, but there will be half an hour together when neither will see the other's face.
6 Even the boys, who are romping about the room, draw near and listen, and some of the women sob and wipe their aprons in their eyes.
7 At the same instant the car was assailed by a most terrifying shriek; the visitors started in alarm, the women turned pale and shrank back.
8 And so Szedvilas went on, asking one trembling question after another, while the eyes of the women folks were fixed upon him in mute agony.
9 Jurgis had always been a member of the church, because it was the right thing to be, but the church had never touched him, he left all that for the women.
10 Then, of course, it was impossible for any one to get to work with dry feet; and this was bad for men that were poorly clad and shod, and still worse for women and children.
11 Beyond opens a door into the kitchen, where there is a glimpse to be had of a range with much steam ascending from it, and many women, old and young, rushing hither and thither.
12 The company takes up the choruses, and men and women cry out like all possessed; some leap to their feet and stamp upon the floor, lifting their glasses and pledging each other.
13 The great packing machine ground on remorselessly, without thinking of green fields; and the men and women and children who were part of it never saw any green thing, not even a flower.
14 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.
15 Jurgis could be very obstinate when he wanted to, and he was in this case, much to the dismay of the women, who felt that a man-doctor was an impropriety, and that the matter really belonged to them.
16 Jurgis had given them so many instructions and warned them against so many perils, that the women were quite pale with fright, and even the imperturbable delicatessen vender, who prided himself upon being a businessman, was ill at ease.
17 She was compelled, at these parties, to spend most of her time at the refreshment table, for she could not dance with anybody except other women and very old men; Tamoszius was of an excitable temperament, and afflicted with a frantic jealousy, and any unmarried man who ventured to put his arm about the ample waist of Marija would be certain to throw the orchestra out of tune.
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