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The family knows all the dirty secrets of the meat-packing industry The most spoiled of meats becomes sausage All manner of dishonesty exists in the selling diseased rotten and adulterated meat to American households The working members of the family fall into a silent stupor due to the grinding poverty and misery of their lives Ona and Jurgis grow apart Jurgis begins to drink heavily He delivers himself from full-blown alcoholism through force of will but the desire to drink always torments him Antanas suffers all manner of childhood illnesses but the measles attacks him with fury However he reaches his first birthday owing to his strong constitution despite the privations under which his family suffers He is perpetually malnourished like the rest of Packingtown Ona pregnant again develops a bad cough and suffers increasingly frequent bouts of hysterical crying Winter arrives again and with it comes the grueling rush season Fifteen and sixteen hour workdays are frequent Twice Ona does not return home at night She explains that the snow drifts kept her away so she stayed with a friend Jurgis discovers that she lied about staying with her friend He wrangles a confession out of her Sobbing hysterically Ona confesses that Connor a boss at her factory continually harassed her and pleaded with her to become his mistress Eventually he raped her in the factory after everyone had gone home He threatened to arrange the firings of every wage earner in her household Moreover he threatened to prevent them from obtaining work in Packingtown ever again With these threats he forced her into accompanying him to Miss Hendersons brothel in the evenings for the past two months The recent snowstorms prevented Ona from returning home twice Jurgis storms to Onas workplace It takes more than a half dozen men subdue him before he can choke the life out of Connor Jurgis is arrested and taken to jail where old men and boys hardened
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