Work plays a large part in the lives of characters in Tally’s Blood. Their attitudes to work help define the characters and our views of them.
Many of the characters work hard and this is shown as positive.
Hughie in and out in background with trays from front shop: then with brush and shovel, then mop and pail: working hard.
When Lucia and Hughie act out a classroom scene, there is a clear suggestion that children like Lucia might miss out on school work as they are helping in family businesses –
Sure you weren’t too busy serving the shop?
In contrast, Luigi is presented as lazy – he takes advantage of Massimo and wants to use Lucia to support his family.