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Like Clyde, Roberta became convinced early in life that family poverty discourages attractive lovers.  She respects the taboo that factory girls should show no romantic interest in supervisors. Since even  the churchly are standoffish to Roberta and Grace, the girls find no diversion or entertainment in  Lycurgus. So high does Roberta hold Clyde that she fears her interest in him is not legitimate.  Clyde's eagerness for secret liaisons reduces Roberta to a backstairs mistress whom he could  desert at any time. The theme of desertion is important here. Having marooned Clyde in a small official position, the  Griffithses proceed to dismiss him. In turn, Clyde moves to a better boarding house and drops Dillard  and the girls. He learns that the factory system hires workers and then fires them (or those less  efficient) just as freely. Because of Clyde, Roberta bolts from her friendship with Grace Marr. 
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