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what does the “load” mean?

“and don't forget,” he sisiter said,“to beat
the boys off poor old betty and her load

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    “and don't forget,” his sister said,“to beat
    the boys off poor old Betty and her load"
    Here it means that the sister wanted the boys to stop bothering an old, poor woman called Betty who had hardships [ load] in her life.

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