Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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He sadly puts his head in his hands and lets her have the bed. He settles his old bones onto the floor. The next day, Stephen visits his employer, Mr. Considering him to be quite intelligent, Stephen explains his situation and asks if it is possible for him to get a divorce. Bounderby once again relays the story of his impoverished childhood, then informs Stephen that only the rich can afford a divorce. He will just have to accept his lot in life. He meets an old woman who is watching the house. She tells him that she lives in the country and saves the whole year so she can visit that spot once a year and hope to catch a glimpse of Bounderby.
Since she thinks he may not come out, she is glad to get to talk to Stephen who has just come from seeing the man. She accompanies Stephen to the factory and says how lovely the grim place is. After work, Stephen dreads going home, and daydreams about a life with Rachael. He thinks how warm their home would be. When he does reach his home, Stephen is surprised to see Rachael tending to his sick wife. She tells him to go to sleep in the chair and rest. Suddenly, Stephen is awakened and sees his wife about to swallow a lethal dose of medicine. He is frozen with indecision about stopping her, but, Rachael steps in and takes the medicine away from the woman. Stephen thinks Rachael is an angel.
Gradgrind has decided that Sissy is getting no where in school, but can stay with Mrs. Gradgrind and help her. School is not the place for her. Gradgrind has become a member of Parliament and is in London quite a lot. Since young Tom has begun his work as an apprentice in Mr. He misses his sister taking care of him, and wants her to accept the marriage proposal he knows is coming from Mr.
Since he has taken up residence in the home of Mr. Bounderby, she can live there, too. He knows that with her there, Mr. After discussing the matter with her father, she realizes she may not know how to love, so what does it matter who she marries. She agrees to it because it makes her father happy. Bounderby is unsure about mentioning the marriage to his housekeeper. She is obviously not pleased, but agrees to care for the apartments he owns at the bank. He is thrilled with his choice of wife, and showers her with jewels and gifts.
She still shows no emotion, until the last minute, when she clings to her brother afraid she is making a huge mistake. Sparsit has been residing at the bank for a year. Every day she sits in the window. She considers herself to be the Bank Fairy, sprinkling the bank here and there with her womanly graces. Adding a bit of sophistication to the bank. But, the people coming into the bank consider her to be the Bank Dragon, keeping watch over the treasures of the bank. Young Mr. Blitzer is now a porter at the bank, and the two of them are discussing the dissipation of young Tom Gradgrind.
While they are talking, there is a knock at the door. An elegant young man enters. He is a stranger and saw her sitting in the window of the bank. He wanted to inquire as to if she knew Mr. Bounderby and his wife. When Mr. Sparsit tells him Mrs. Bounderby is young, he is surprised because he had heard she was very clever. He says that he is planning on studying politics with Mr. In the next chapter, the reader learns that the young man is James Hearthouse.
He is also wealthy and a liar. He is only there to alleviate his boredom. He thinks studying politics will help with the boredom, and he has no interest in the philosophy Mr. Gradgrind follows, but he is willing to pretend he does, just to pass the time. Bounderby may be just the ticket to passing that time pleasantly. Especially after he meets her brother. He and Tom have a few drinks together, at which point Tom has too many and get quite drunk. He tells James that the only reason his sister married Bounderby was to help him with his own finances. That she never loved the man.
James plans to seduce her. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Coketown, the unions are brewing. There is a meeting going on with the Hands that work in the factories. They want better-working conditions and more pay. Stephen is at the meeting, but, he is against the union. He feels it would jeopardize the relationship between the workers and their boss. Most of the men think the union is a good idea, even his friends. Even though they have been his friends for years, they decide to ostracize Stephen. After four days of the cold shoulder, he is relieved when Blitzer comes to bring him to see Bounderby.
Bounderby wants to know what happened at the union meeting, but Stephen refuses to spy. In a rage, Bounderby fires him. Since his friends have all turned on him, Stephen must leave Coketown to find work. Outside the house, Stephen see Rachael speaking to the old woman he met there a year ago. He tells Rachael about losing his job, then invites the two women back to his place for tea. Soon, there is a knock at the door. It is Louisa and her brother, Tom. She heard Stephen tell her husband he would do nothing to stop the unions and was impressed with his honesty.
She offers him money to help out, but he only agrees to take two pounds. Then Tom pulls him aside to make another offer. He says that if Stephen will wait outside the bank every evening, someone will come by with a good deal for him. Stephen does this, but nothing happens, except Mrs. Sparsit and Blitzer noticing his loitering. Finally, he decides to be on his way to look for a job.
As he is walking away, he thinks about Rachael and how much he misses her. James is dabbling in politics, but mostly planning the seduction of Louisa. Apparently, the only person she loves is her brother, so James plans his assault through him. He uses his influence over the boy to make him be nicer to his sister. Bounderby comes charging into the parlor where James is working on his seduction. He announces that the bank has been robbed of pounds.
They suspect Stephen because he was seen loitering around the bank. While there she spends most of her time with Mr. Louisa believes that Stephen is innocent. She knows that her brother is in financial straights, so she confronts him. He denies committing the robbery, but when she leaves he weeps into his pillow. Sparsit is working on Mr. Bounderby, by flattering him and spending time with him, while noticing that Louisa spends time with James. All these romantic games are halted when Louisa receives a letter from home. Her mother is dying and Louisa rushes to her side. When Louisa arrives, she is surprised to see how much happier her little sister, Jane is. Sissy has been caring for the girl. Without the influence of her parents, the child is cheerful.
While sitting with her mother, Louisa hears her mother call to her husband because there is something she forgot, and he will know what it is. After trying to trace the patterns of whatever was in her mind to write, Mrs. Gradgrind died. Sparsit is determined to catch Louisa with James. Feeling suspicious, Mrs. Sparsit catches the two of them in an intimate conversation.
James is professing his love and wants Louisa to meet with him somewhere. He wants to be her lover. She agrees to meet him later that night in town but pushes him to leave now. When Louisa heads into Coketown, Mrs. Sparsit follows her, but loses her along the way. All the while she is gleefully imagining Louisa falling off the end of that staircase. But, instead of meeting James, Louisa goes to her father. She runs into his study, drenched with rain and tells him that the way he raised her, on facts alone, ruined her. Now, she is so unhappy. Then she collapses on the floor in sobs. Gradgrind is shocked and reproachful of himself. She is recuperating in her old bed. She promises to help Louisa learn to use her emotions and to feel love and find happiness.
Then Sissy meets with James. He is frantic because Louisa has not arrived. When Sissy sees him she tells him that he will never see Louisa again and he should leave town. Her kindness and honest beauty convince him to agree, and he leaves. Though ill with a bad cold she caught while following Louisa, Mrs. Sparsit manages to tell Bounderly that she saw Louisa with James.
Gradgrind says he made mistakes in raising Louisa and wants Bounderly to leave her with him, so he can help her. He tells him, that as her husband, he should want what is best for her. Bounderly tells him that if she is not home by noon the next day, he will return all her things. He goes through with his threat, and begins to live his life as a bachelor, again. Meanwhile, Bounderby has found an outlet for his rage. Only, Rachael remains trusting. She takes her beliefs to Mr. Bounderby and when she tells him that his wife and her brother, met with Stephen, Mr. Bounderby drags her and Tom over to see Louisa. Louisa confirms her story and hopes that Stephen can clear his name.
As Bounderby and Tom leave, her brother gives Louisa a scowl. Every night, Sissy visits Rachael while they wait for Stephen. One night, they see Mrs. Sparsit pulling the old lady who was watching Mr. But, Bounderly is furious. The old woman is his mother. The story he has told over and over is a lie. She never abandoned him. She supported him and paid for him to go to the best schools, then he ran away and made up a different history for himself. He refused to allow her to visit him after he became wealthy. Bounderly is exposed in front of all his associates and refuses an explanation.
It is the shortest published novel by Charles Dickens. Only Hard Times and Great Expectations were originally issued without illustrations. Hard Times is the only novel by Dickens not to have scenes set in London. Instead, it takes place in the fictional Coketown. In , the publication of Bleak House began. Dickens had a disappointing reunion with Maria Winter Maria Beadnell in Publication of Little Dorrit began in that year. Thomas Gradgrind apprehends Louisa and Tom at the circus. Hard Times takes a hard, unsympathetic look at Utilitarianism. This philosophy was also called Philosophical Radicalism or Benthamism and was influential in the mid-Victorian period.
Individualism and imagination are not highly valued in this philosophy. Thomas Gradgrind represents Utilitarianism within the novel. As he raises his children he stresses facts over imagination and function over feelings. Herein lay the spring of the mechanical art and mystery of educating the reason without stooping to the cultivation of the sentiments and affections. Never wonder. By means of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, settle everything somehow, and never wonder. Divorce is also dealt with in Hard Times. Dickens would face this dilemma himself in just a few years.