…bring breaks that pipe an inch wider, and the harder you work the more is demanded of you, and you stand slinging buckets forty hours a week, then forty-eight, then fifty-six-for your neighbor’s supper-for his wife’s operation-for his child’s measles-for his mother’s wheel chair —for his uncle’s shirt-for his nephew’s schooling-for the baby next door-for the baby to be born-for anyone anywhere around youit’s theirs to receive, from diapers to dentures-and yours to work, from sunup to…
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She never received a measles vaccination, so we’ll have to wait 8 to 12 days to find out if she caught it.
Mother began to be afraid that he might be sickening for measles, when suddenly he sat up in bed and said: ’I hate gruel — I hate barley water — I hate bread and milk.’