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微彩登录While the appearance of the shop and the announcement of theprice paid per week operated very much as a blow to Carrie'sfancy, the fact that work of any kind was offered after so rude around of experience was gratifying. She could not begin tobelieve that she would take the place, modest as her aspirationswere. She had been used to better than that. Her mere experienceand the free out-of-door life of the country caused her nature torevolt at such confinement. Dirt had never been her share. Hersister's flat was clean. This place was grimy and low, the girlswere careless and hardened. They must be bad-minded and hearted,she imagined. Still, a place had been offered her. SurelyChicago was not so bad if she could find one place in one day.She might find another and better later.微彩登录微彩登录微彩登录Her subsequent experiences were not of a reassuring nature,however. From all the more pleasing or imposing places she wasturned away abruptly with the most chilling formality. In otherswhere she applied only the experienced were required. She metwith painful rebuffs, the most trying of which had been in amanufacturing cloak house, where she had gone to the fourth floorto inquire.微彩登录微彩登录"No, no," said the foreman, a rough, heavily built individual,who looked after a miserably lighted workshop, "we don't want anyone. Don't come here."
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