During a second encounter with Phil Connor, he is again consumed by rage and beats the man.
The rental agent tells him that he pays for taxes, insurance, and a fee for the water. Apparently, however, Connor turns out to be a man of some importance the local party was grooming him to be a state congressman. When he recovers, he is unable to find a job and is forced to beg on the streets.
He also says that if the city decides to put in a sewer and a sidewalk that they would be expected to pay taxes for them as well.
Doing this he earns around two dollars an hour for twelve-hour workdays and is pleased that he is making so much. When he gets off he bathes in a stream and a farmer is kind enough to give him a meal.
Jurgis still has the one hundred dollar bill that Jones gave him and goes into a bar to get change for it. His fear and frustration devour him in that time and the only thing that can make him smile is his infant son. He finds a job digging freight tunnels, where he soon injures himself.