New PDF release: Hard Times (Signet Classics)

By Charles Dickens

Cause, proof, and statistics... Dickens? scathing portrait of Victorian commercial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy, challenging instances beneficial properties schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, certainly one of his such a lot richly dimensional, memorable characters. jam-packed with the main points and wonders of small-town lifestyles, it's also a bold novel of ideas?and eventually, a party of affection, wish, and unlimited chances of the mind's eye.

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How I fought through it, I don’t know,” said Bounderby. “I was determined, I suppose. I have been a determined character in later life, and I suppose I was then. Here I am, Mrs. ” Mrs. Gradgrind meekly and weakly hoped that his mother—— “My mother? ” said Bounderby. Mrs. Gradgrind, stunned as usual, collapsed and gave it up. “My mother left me to my grandmother,” said Bounderby; “and, according to the best of my remembrance, my grandmother was the wickedest and the worst old woman that ever lived.

The girl curtseyed, and sat down. She was very young, and she looked as if she were frightened by the matter-of-fact prospect the world afforded. “Now, if Mr. McChoakumchild,” said the gentleman, “will proceed to give his first lesson here, Mr. ” Mr. Gradgrind was much obliged. “Mr. ” So Mr. McChoakumchild began in his best manner. He and some one hundred and forty other schoolmasters had been lately turned at the same time, in the same factory, on the same principles, like so many pianoforte legs.

Adam Smith and Malthus, two younger Gradgrinds, were out at lecture in custody; and little Jane, after manufacturing a good deal of moist pipe-clay on her face with slatepencil and tears, had fallen asleep over vulgar fractions. “It’s all right now, Louisa: it’s all right, young Thomas,” said Mr. Bounderby; “you won’t do so any more. I’ll answer for its being all over with Father. ” “You can take one, Mr. Bounderby,” returned Louisa, when she had coldly paused, and slowly walked across the room, and ungraciously raised her cheek towards him, with her face turned away.

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