These two states exemplify the fascination etchers like Séguin have for both the etched image and the etching process. In the darker version Séguin rapidly captured an impression of a worker loading cargo onto carts. In the later state Séguin slightly compressed the composition by masking the left and top of the plate with strips of paper. While doing so the paper became too dry to hold the ink evenly, creating a hazy, atmospheric effect. Instead of discarding the state as a failure, Séguin liked the result enough to stamp it with his monogram.