1 Jurgis talked lightly about work, because he was young.
2 He brought out the placard, which was quite a work of art.
3 Promptly at seven the next morning Jurgis reported for work.
4 Jurgis was confident of his ability to get work for himself, unassisted by any one.
5 Meantime, heedless of all these things, the men upon the floor were going about their work.
6 The work which Jurgis was to do here was very simple, and it took him but a few minutes to learn it.
7 In a minute or two, however, it began slowly to revolve, and then the men upon each side of it sprang to work.
8 Afterward they went outside, wandering about among the mazes of buildings in which was done the work auxiliary to this great industry.
9 While there are so many who are anxious to work as you wish, there is no occasion for incommoding yourself with those who must work otherwise.
10 This makes it a cause for congratulation that by modern methods a very few men can do the painfully necessary work of head-cracking for the whole of the cultured world.
11 As Jurgis came in, the first cattle of the morning were just making their appearance; and so, with scarcely time to look about him, and none to speak to any one, he fell to work.
12 Brother Jonas had gotten his job, and was pushing a truck in Durham's; and the killing gang at Brown's continued to work early and late, so that Jurgis grew more confident every hour, more certain of his mastership.
13 This floor was half an inch deep with blood, in spite of the best efforts of men who kept shoveling it through holes; it must have made the floor slippery, but no one could have guessed this by watching the men at work.
14 There was no end to the advantages of the house, as he set them forth, and he was not silent for an instant; he showed them everything, down to the locks on the doors and the catches on the windows, and how to work them.
15 Unlike the place they had left, all this work was done on one floor; and instead of there being one line of carcasses which moved to the workmen, there were fifteen or twenty lines, and the men moved from one to another of these.
16 It was arranged that they should leave the following spring, and meantime Jurgis sold himself to a contractor for a certain time, and tramped nearly four hundred miles from home with a gang of men to work upon a railroad in Smolensk.
17 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.
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