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In the name of wonder, idleness, and folly!

Background. "In the name of wonder, idleness, and folly!" is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 3). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Quotation by the character Thomas Gradgrind. Whilst walking home, Thomas Gradgrind passes the circus, where he finds his two oldest children, Louisa and Thomas, watching it. He rebukes them, seen here in this quotation. Gradgrind [...]

2018-08-04T20:49:54+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

Several large streets all very like one another, and many small streets still more like one another, inhabited by people equally like one another.

Background. "Several large streets all very like one another, and many small streets still more like one another, inhabited by people equally like one another." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 5). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on the industrial [...]

2018-08-03T19:00:45+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in.

Background. "The innermost fortifications of that ugly citadel, where Nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 10). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of the worst part of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on [...]

2018-08-03T14:35:08+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

Little vessels … ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim.

Background. "Little vessels ... ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them until they were full to the brim." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 1). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation, said by Thomas Gradgrind, is taken from the end of opening chapter of Hard Times: ‘In this life, we want nothing [...]

2018-08-03T14:35:18+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over.

Background. "A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 2). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Description of Thomas Gradgrind, who [...]

2018-08-03T14:37:39+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

Her stately frame so racked by continual sneezes that it seemed in danger of dismemberment.

Background. "Her stately frame so racked by continual sneezes that it seemed in danger of dismemberment." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, Chapter 3). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context.  This quote is a description of Mrs. Sparsit, who, racked with a cold, is having a sneezing fit. Mrs. Sparsit has pursued Josiah Bounderby to London and tracked him down [...]

2018-07-21T18:53:48+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

There was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow.

Background. "There was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 3). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context.  This quote is a description of Louisa Gradgrind. Louisa and her brother Tom, the two eldest of Thomas Gradgrind's children, [...]

2018-08-01T23:07:52+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , |

A man made out of a coarse material, which seemed to have been stretched to make so much of him.

Background. "A man made out of a coarse material, which seemed to have been stretched to make so much of him." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 4). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of Josiah Bounderby in Hard Times. Bounderby, an uncaring businessman, is a best friend of Thomas Gradgrind. Taken [...]

2018-07-23T21:37:21+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

He had not much hair. One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness.

Background. "He had not much hair.  One might have fancied he had talked it off; and that what was left, all standing up in disorder, was in that condition from being constantly blown about by his windy boastfulness." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 4). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of [...]

2018-07-17T19:26:48+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.

Background. "It was a town of red brick, or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 1, Chapter 5). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. This quotation is a description of Coketown in Hard Times. Coketown was a fictional place, based on the industrial mill [...]

2018-07-30T21:00:50+00:00Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , , , |
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