Mill Apprentices Learning Journey
You are seven years old and snuggled up to your mother. She is holding you tight against her, stroking your hair, and you love the warmth and the faint smell of lavender from the tiny sprig she has pinned to her grey dress. You never want to let her go but you know that in half an hour the man in the dark coat will come for you and take you on a long journey far away from your mother and you have no idea when you will see her again.
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Mill Apprentices Learning journey Step 1: Signing up
She would be well treated and given food and lodging; and after she had been there a year she would be paid a penny a week. The mill owner was a good man, the man in the dark coat told her mother, and he would see that Bessie went to church every Sunday. If Bessie worked hard she might also learn to read and write. She would be allowed to see her mother six times a year and when she was twenty one she could leave the mill if she wanted and go back home. Twenty one sounded like a lifetime to Bessie.