Leisure Hours of Mill Girls

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This imaginative piece signed only “D.” illuminates in detail how mill girls spent their days. It describes some studious mill girls writing sewing, or reading after work, while others “sported with every trifling thing” from novels to fashion. But unlike "A Week in the Mill," this sentimental story draws out the varied family situations from which the girls originated. One girl must work to send her brother to school and another is left to support an ailing sibling after the death of her parents. When they learn one another’s stories, they become like sisters, bonding over their shared struggles and sense of duty. Thus, in their “leisure hours,” the girls are depicted as forging friendships that mitigate the strain of their labors.

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Title

Leisure Hours of Mill Girls

Creator

D.

Source

The Lowell Offering
Vol. 1, Issue 2
p. 65-66

Date

January 1, 1842

Subject

Labor--Fiction

Coverage

Lowell, Massachusetts

Citation

D. , “Leisure Hours of Mill Girls ,” Mill Girls in Nineteenth-Century Print, accessed December 16, 2017, http://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/39.