The landlord could do nothing with his acres except let them to him; the capitalist's hoard rotted and dwindled until it was lent to him; the worker
's muscles and brain were impotent until sold to him.
Little business men, shopkeepers, and such ilk took what whack they could out of the product of the worker
; but, after all, it was the large business men who formed the workers
through the little business men.
feeds himself, and a man who feeds himself thinks.
Having carefully dissected several specimens of these workers, I can affirm that the eyes are far more rudimentary in the smaller workers than can be accounted for merely by their proportionally lesser size; and I fully believe, though I dare not assert so positively, that the workers
of intermediate size have their ocelli in an exactly intermediate condition.
There was another interesting set of statistics that a person might have gathered in Packingtown--those of the various afflictions of the workers
. When Jurgis had first inspected the packing plants with Szedvilas, he had marveled while he listened to the tale of all the things that were made out of the carcasses of animals, and of all the lesser industries that were maintained there; now he found that each one of these lesser industries was a separate little inferno, in its way as horrible as the killing beds, the source and fountain of them all.
And what was left of the respirable air must be kept for the workers
. Even now, as I write, my recollection is still so vivid that an involuntary terror seizes me and my lungs seem to be without air.
Still the prongs continued to click assiduously, for it was not late; and though the air was fresh and keen there was a whisper of spring in it that cheered the workers
Now he thought of Martha's arrival, of the drunkenness among the workers
and his own renunciation of drink, then of their present journey and of Taras's house and the talk about the breaking-up of the family, then of his own lad, and of Mukhorty now sheltered under the drugget, and then of his master who made the sledge creak as he tossed about in it.
The scales are either taken out of the maker's pockets by the workers
, or tinkle down on the workers
while they wait.
That is, the capitalists had striven to placate the workers
by interesting them financially in their work.
He was a natural linguist, and he kept notebooks, making a scientific study of the workers
' slang or argot, until he could talk quite intelligibly.
The growing competition among the bourgeois, and the resulting commercial crises, make the wages of the workers
ever more fluctuating.