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Bertha, Birnley Mill worker Quotes:

  • Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: [describing Sidney] ... flotsam floating on the floodtide of profit.

  • Sidney Stratton: Oh, it's a better job.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: Well then?

    Sidney Stratton: Oh, yes, much.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: More money?

    Sidney Stratton: I shan't actually get paid for it.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: What? We'll see about that! Scab labour huh? The work committee better hear about this!

    Sidney Stratton: But I don't want to get paid.

    Mrs. Watson, Sidney's landlady: Not want to? I don't care whether you want to get paid or not! You've got to get paid!

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: I don't care whether you want to get paid or not! You've got to get paid!

  • Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: New aren't you?

    Sidney Stratton: Uhh, yes.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: Never worked in a mill before?

    Sidney Stratton: Oh yes, several.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: I know. Leave school, into the first blind alley job that comes along. Too old for that. Into another and another. By the time you're thirty, what are you? Flotsam floating on the flood tide of profits. There's Capitalism for you.

    Sidney Stratton: It wasn't quite like that. I got a scholarship to Cambridge.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: But you hadn't got the old school tie. Oh, you can't tell *me*. Discrimination. I've seen plenty. Where were you going with this lot?

    Sidney Stratton: The loading bay, I think they call it.

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: You were going the wrong way anyhow. It's down there. Tea up. Better leave it.

    Sidney Stratton: Oh, tea? No thanks. I think I'd rather...

    Bertha, Birnley Mill worker: Tea Break! We had to *fight* for it.

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