The Jungle

How does jurgis' trial go? how long is his sentence?

Chapter 17

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Jurgis goes before the judge, who asks him if he had beaten this man. Jurgis admits to the whole thing and, through a translator, gives the reasons why. When the judge asks Connor if it is true that he had raped Jurgis’s wife, Connor denies it. The judge sentences Jurgis to thirty days in prison. He tries to cry out for his family, but the judge only tells him, “‘You would have done well to think about them before you committed the assault.’”