Born the last of ten, Addie is the sixth to survive. Married at 17, she will miscarry five times. A travelling salesman steals her heart and she runs away to Toronto.

They adopt an infant girl, and Addie raises her to believe she is beautiful and smart, with soft, soft fingers.


-The featured image is: “February 1910. Addie Card, 12 years old, anemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill, Vermont. Girls in mill say she is ten years. She admitted to me she was twelve; that she started during school vacation and would ‘stay’.” Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.