Life in the Iron Mills, and Other Stories Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Life in the Iron Mills

• "Life in the Iron Mills" begins in the house where Hugh Wolfe and Deborah once lived; the house was a boarding house in those days but is now a single-family home.

• The narrator begins her story with Deb, who has just returned to the house after working in the cotton mill all day.

• The other ladies from the mill want Deb to go out drinking with them, but Deb does not drink; instead, Deb goes down into the basement rooms Hugh Wolfe shares with his father and a young girl named Janey.

• Deb begins eating a dinner of boiled potatoes when Janey wakes and tells her that Hugh is working the night shift at the iron mill; Deb quickly puts together a meal for Hugh and rushes to the mill.

• Hugh feels sorry for Deb because she has a hunchback. After he eats...

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