They were beaten; they had lost the game, they were swept aside. It was not less tragic because it was so sordid, because that it had to do with wages and grocery bills and rents. They had dreamed of freedom; of a chance to look about them and learn something; to be decent and clean, to see their child grown up to be strong. And now it was all gone - it would never be.
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair (Chapter 14, pg. 165)