|For English Class
||[Mar. 6th, 2007|07:57 pm]
Chapters 24 and 25|
When you first get into chapter 24, you quickly learn that Jurgis has no home, no money, as well as no wife or children or any job. the police are not fond of him in the least. He wants to be arrested, but when he nearly is arrested, he runs away in fear of what might happen.
As Jurgis walks down the streets, he comes across a drunken man who is asking about lodging. The drunk drags Jurgis with him as he talks, and asks him to stay at his place. They settle for calling a cab, and the drunk man gives Jurgis $100 for the cab fare, the most money Jurgis had ever seen in the entirety of his life.
The drunk man is known as Freddie Jones, the son of the packer that Jurgis had previously worked for before losing his job.
Both men arrive at the house and feast and drink refreshments. When Freddie falls asleep, the butler kicks Jurgis out, obviously not very fond of him being around
Upon being kicked out, Jurgis attempts to get lodging, but cannot. He gets a beer and asks the bartender for his $99 back, but the bartender claims to have not received such a large quantity of money. This makes Jurgis extremely dissatisfied and angry, and results in him attacking the bartender, even with his injured arm. The police come rushing into the bar, and knock Jurgis unconscious, taking him off to jail. The bartender tells a lie when he is telling the story, and claims that Jurgis only gave him one dollar, and asked for $99 back, but before he could say anything, Jurgis attacked him. This leads him to jail for a second time.
In jail, he meets up with Jack Duane again, a criminal that Jurgis finds once he is out of jail. Duane leads Jurgis into a world of committed crimes in order to get themselves some money, which worries Jurgis at first, but soon gets over it, moving along happily with his money.
Then Jurgis is introduced to Buck Holloran, a friend of Duane's, who hires Jurgis for his own doings of work.
A man who was a night-watchman at Brown's, meets Jurgis. He comes to be known as "Bush" Harper. They stay up early into the morning talking about stories.
A few days later, Jurgis is told that he would be paid a regular salary if he would go to Packingtown and keep quiet. He would work for Mike Scully, the man that Harper worked for, who was a Democratic boss. Jurgis fears he could not get a job for being blacklisted, but Harper told him not to worry about it, he would fix everything up.
Jurgis does not know that it was Scully who was to blame for his child's drowning in the unpaved ground; that it was Scully that got him sent to jail the first time; and that Scully was the one who robbed him of his very home.
Jurgis goes to get a job, explaining that he is blacklisted, he is then given a job to trim hogs for money. He would also cheer on for Scully to win the election. He would gather groups of people together to go voting, and every time someone voted for Scully, they are paid. Jurgis learns this quickly, and proceeds to vote over and over again, happy with the practical free money he is receiving from a simple ballot, and Scully wins the voting in the end.