A Week in the Mill
From the Lowell Offering, an anonymous writer describes a weeklong schedule of an average mill girl’s routine. Every day, after early morning breakfast until seven at night, the mill girl spends her time working at the machine while conversing with fellow operatives. From seven until ten at night, she sews dresses, reads, and attends lectures and meetings. At the end of the week, she looks forward to the Sabbath Day to learn about the gospel from her best friends, the pastor, and Sabbath schoolteacher. While this piece depicts an idyllic life in the mill, it also emphasizes the unvaried routine, which also became the subject of much criticism within the pages of the Offering.
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