Stella Dallas*

Sweat-Shop Employee, She Looks on from the Street at Her Daughter's Debut

The Story. Stephen Dallas had been brought up to consider himself decidedly Somebody—one of the Redington Dallases—an old and respected family. When his father, having embezzled, committed suicide —it rather knocked out the underpinning from Stephen. Being twentythree, he decided to bury himself in a Massachusetts factory-town, Milhampton. He was through with life.

Stella Martin was one of the Milhampton Martins—in polite language, nobody. Her people were " impossible "—she was the small-time belle of the factory...

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