in book II
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The “hired girls," although immigrants, take the jobs in town that no one else wants. They send their money home, and although the people in town feel free to gossip about them, often become successful. Some of the men in town find them superior to the locals because they're different. They don't conform to the expectations of other, they go out alone, and they attend functions that local girls would be forbidden to even think about. Because of this, the girls are seen to be more social, more fun.