Hard Times

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 [...]

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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. Taken from the following passages in Chapter 3, Book 1 of Hard [...]

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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. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 4 of Book 1: Not [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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What I know, I know; and what you know, you know. I have no more to say about it.

Background. "What I know, I know; and what you know, you know. I have no more to say about it." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 2, 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 said by Mr. Bounderby. Taken from the following closing passages of Chapter 5 of Book 2: Stephen raised his eyes quickly to [...]

2018-02-28T12:10:41+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|

I never in my life saw anything so remarkable and so captivating as the lighting of those features!

Background. "I never in my life saw anything so remarkable and so captivating as the lighting of those features!" is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 2, Chapter 7). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.   Context. Taken from the following passage of Chapter 7 of Book 2: It was among the leafy shadows of this retirement, in the long sultry summer [...]

2018-05-15T11:35:04+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: |

In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other.

Background. "In the innocence of her brave affection, and the brimming up of her old devoted spirit, the once deserted girl shone like a beautiful light upon the darkness of the other." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, 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 quote is a description of Sissy (Cecilia Jupe), who is comforting [...]

2018-02-28T12:10:40+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|

You are to be in all things regulated and governed by fact.

Background. "You are to be in all things regulated and governed by fact." 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. Taken from the following passage in Chapter 2 of Book 1 of Hard Times: ‘Fact, fact, fact!’ said the gentleman.  And ‘Fact, fact, fact!’ repeated Thomas Gradgrind. ‘You are to be in [...]

2018-05-29T21:32:02+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays.

Background. "Coketown lay shrouded in a haze of its own, which appeared impervious to the sun’s rays." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 2, 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. Taken from the following introductory passage in Chapter 1 of Book 2 of Hard Times, a smoggy filthy industrial town. A sunny midsummer day. There was such a [...]

2018-02-28T12:10:39+00:00 Categories: Hard Times|Tags: , |

It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain blusterer, before the vain blusterer sees it himself.

Background. "It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain blusterer, before the vain blusterer sees it himself." is a quotation from Hard Times (Book 3, Chapter 9). Hard Times - For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.     Have Your Say. Give your view on "It is a dangerous thing to see anything in the sphere of a vain [...]

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Now what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.

Background. "Now what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life." 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 opening chapter of Hard Times: ‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these [...]

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