The Children in People of the Abyss

The one story that stood out most to me in People of the Abyss was “The Children”.  It was both touching and heartbreaking to read that the kids on the street still had that childlike glow about themselves. Jack London talks about the children playing in the street, laughing, smiling, and momentarily forgetting their everyday struggles.  What was terribly heartbreaking was that these kids would grow up entirely too quickly.  Living on the streets and surviving everyday was a tough thing for a child to learn; however, it was necessary during this sad time.  They had to lie about their age in order to get work, to feed their weak bodies.  These poor children had no other choice but to grow up quickly, and to know that these kids still had their imagination and innocence about them was very emotive.


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