Clarke Kirby, known just as Kirby, is the overseer and the son of one of the mill owners. He only cares about his mill’s profits and is blatantly uninterested in the workers who make his mill function smoothly. To him, the mill workers aren’t even people, they’re just “hands” or “wretches” who do the dirty work. Like Mitchell, Kirby is cold and emotionally detached.
Kirby Character Timeline in Life in the Iron Mills
The timeline below shows where the character Kirby appears in Life in the Iron Mills. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Life in the Iron Mills
...Doctor May is more preoccupied with the statue’s accurate musculature. Flippant about the statue’s artistry, Kirby says the workers “have ample facilities for studying anatomy,” motioning to the half-clothed furnace tenders. (full context)
...morning, a crowd gathers at Hugh’s cell, including the coroner, a group of reporters, and Kirby. Later, a Quaker woman arrives and stays longer than the other visitors. She tenderly cares... (full context)