Then seeming to realize that I was a stranger and he had been rude, he said apologetically: “You know mam, us poor folks jest ain't got no chance in this world. We is victims of those what has got the money. Now this here woman I been a-workin here in the grove fer, you [kaint?] never please her, so what's the use to try. I'll be glad to git shet of her house and grove, myself.”
He fell silent for a moment and Mrs. Thomas looked at him in an apprehensive manner. Then he spoke again and more quietly:
“Well, mam, 100 you want to know about my grove work. Well, I am a experienced citrus man and understand most all of the work. I know how to work and whut I oughter git fer hit. Thet's what makes me made fer they jest don't pay fair wages no more. I hoes the trees mostly and hit's a bad job when they's lost of grass like they mostly is. I oughter git 25¢ a hour, but the best they ever pays fer that, is 20 and mostly hit's 15. I have worked fer the big companies too and they is just the same. Hit uster be that they paid us 100 from the time we left their office in the mornin till we come back at night, but they don't do that no more. They take us in trucks to the groves, but they don't pay us till we start work at seven o'clock, or after we knock off at five. They give us one hour at noon, but hit's on our own time, and that ain't right. I live too far away to come home to dinner and hit don't take me no hour to eat my little cold lunch. Ifen they make us take a hour they oughter pay us fer hit.
Sometimes 100 we don't git the notice right at five and we work mebbe fifteen or twenty minutes overtime. When we do this we don't git nary a cent fer hit, that's jest our hard luck. Of course ifen the boss comes along and tells us to keep a-workin, then we gets the reglar wage, but that aint right neither, ifen we work overtime when he tells us we oughter git more fer hit. 3 6 7