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

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itemWhat 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).

item Hard Times – For These Times (more commonly now known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854.

 

 

Context.

item This quotation is said by Mr. Bounderby.

item Taken from the following closing passages of Chapter 5 of Book 2:

Stephen raised his eyes quickly to his face.

‘You can finish off what you’re at,’ said Mr. Bounderby, with a meaning nod, ‘and then go elsewhere.’

‘Sir, yo know weel,’ said Stephen expressively, ‘that if I canna get work wi’ yo, I canna get it elsewheer.’

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

Stephen glanced at Louisa again, but her eyes were raised to his no more; therefore, with a sigh, and saying, barely above his breath, ‘Heaven help us aw in this world!’ he departed.

 

 

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