The various interests and conditions of life within the ranks of the proletariat are more and more equalised, in proportion as machinery obliterates all distinctions of labour, and nearly everywhere reduces wages
to the same low level.
"I'll tell you why you came here myself: you see, I don't give you your wages
, you are so proud you don't want to bow down and ask for it, and so you come to punish me with your stupid stares, to worry me and you have no sus...pic...ion how stupid it is--stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid!
She had been able to save of her own wages three, and here, then, were the means of maintaining Madame de la Rocheaimard, including the franc on hand, for just a week longer.
It happened, one evening when Adrienne was receiving her wages from the milliner, that the poor girl overheard a discourse that proved she was not paid at the rate at which others were remunerated.
Still her conscience was so tender that she even doubted the propriety of accepting her old wages were she really incompetent to earn them.
Crimsworth has set me; I can earn my wages
conscientiously, and those wages
are sufficient to enable me to live.
If I was boss I'd cut the wages
of any man that listened to them."
All sorts of pleas for a reconsideration were made, but the packers were obdurate; and all the while they were reducing wages, and heading off shipments of cattle, and rushing in wagonloads of mattresses and cots.
They had been attracted more by the prospect of disorder than, by the big wages; and they made the night hideous with singing and carousing, and only went to sleep when the time came for them to get up to work.
Then labor has received in wages, during the same period, two billion dollars.
No, labor consumes all of the total product that its wages will buy back.
Labor cannot consume any of it, for labor has already spent all its wages. Capital will not consume this balance, because, already, according to its nature, it has consumed all it can.