Sparsit — is a widow who has fallen on hard times. Sissy continues to fall behind in the school, so Mr. In a moment of compassion, Mr. Gradgrind informs the pupils at his school that wallpaper with horses on it is unrealistic simply because horses do Hard times in fact live on walls, the circus folk live in a world in which horses dance the polka and flying horses can be imagined, even if they do not, in fact, exist.
Gradgrind opens the novel at his school in Coketown stating, "Now, what I want is, Facts", and interrogates one of his pupils, Sissy, whose father works at a circus. Five years later says the narrationhe will die of a fit in the street, while Mr.
Sleary is reckoned a fool by Gradgrind and Bounderby, but it is Sleary who understands that people must be amused. James Harthouse — is an indolent, languid, upper-class gentleman, who attempts to woo Louisa.
Drawing upon his own childhood experiences, Dickens resolved to "strike the heaviest blow in my power" for those who laboured in horrific conditions.
Morality[ edit ] Dickens portrays the wealthy in this novel as being morally corrupt. In the book, Louisa herself follows a parallel course, being unable to express herself and falling into a temporary depression as a result of her dry education.
After a dispute with Bounderby, he is dismissed from his work at the Coketown mills and, shunned by his former fellow workers, is forced to look for work elsewhere.
Harthouse is introduced to Bounderby, who regales him with improbable stories of his childhood. Some contrasting characters relating to this theme are Stephen and Rachel, and Tom and Mr.
He has a drunken wife who no longer lives with him but who appears from time to time. Bounderby himself superintends through calculating tabular statements and statistics, and is always secretly rebuking the people of Coketown for indulging in conceitful activities. Rather than ending up in a pit of shame by having an affair with Harthouse, Louisa actually returns home to her father.
Unable to hear their dialogue, she assumes the affair is progressing. Gradgrind has three younger children: He is rescued by villagers; but after professing his innocence and speaking to Rachael for the last time, he dies.
Sowing[ edit ] Superintendent Mr. Sparsit tracks down Mrs. She is employed by Bounderby, and is jealous when he marries Louisa, delighting in the belief that Louisa is later about to elope with James Harthouse.
Hard times Retrieved 18 November Bounderby is now publicly exposed as a ridiculous "Humbug". Bounderby spends his whole time fabricating stories about his childhood, covering up the real nature of his upbringing, which is revealed at the end of the novel.
Synopsis[ edit ] The novel follows a classical tripartite structure, and the titles of each book are related to Galatians 6: Chesterton commented in his work Appreciations and Criticisms, "the harshest of his stories"; whereas George Orwell praised the novel and Dickens himself for "generous anger".
He is cynically false about his childhood. Louisa herself will grow old and never remarries. When Harthouse confesses his love for Louisa, Louisa refuses him. The Dickens Critics, He has risen to a position of power and wealth from humble origins though not as humble as he claims.I wouldn't call myself so much a fan of Charles Bronson that I love every movie he made just because he's in it, but I do love Hard Times (which is a good thing, because my husband watches it at least weekly).
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