Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Describe the perceived relationship between the maids and mrs. W. How does this reflect society as a whole? Does it?

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Barbara provides a particularly vivid account of cleaning the enormous house of a rich lady—referred to as “Mrs. W.”—and scrubbing on her hands and knees right next to the owner. Mrs. W. looks at her for some time, and then asks if she can do the same thing to the entryway while she’s at it. Never a mention of anything to drink or eat. This reflects a definite tiered society where the people with money, like Mrs.W, can exploit people without money.