Read the excerpt from loom and spindle. i was a “little doffer” until i became old enough to earn more

Read the excerpt from loom and spindle. i was a “little doffer” until i became old enough to earn more money; then i tended a spinning-frame for a little while; and after that i learned, on the merrimack corporation, to be a drawing-in girl, which was considered one of the most desirable employments, as about only a dozen girls were needed in each mill. we drew in, one by one, the threads of the warp, through the harness and the reed, and so made the beams ready for the weaver’s loom. i still have the two hooks i used so long, companions of many a dreaming hour, and preserve them as the “badge of all my tribe” of drawing-in girls. the narrator is proud because she held a desirable job as women’s roles changed in factory work. worked hard at the factory and was rewarded with an impressive wage. was admired as the best among her group of “drawing-in” girls. learned a practical skill that she later applied in her personal life.


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