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Hard Times | Study Guide

Charles Dickens

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Hard Times | Character Map

Louisa Gradgrind Alienated, passive, young woman; constrained by limited education Mr. Bounderby Bullying, rich banker; factory owner; boasts of humble origins Mrs. Sparsit Well-born lady turned housekeeper; becomes bitter when threatened Mr. Gradgrind Dedicated schoolmaster; town leader; emphasizes facts and reason Tom Gradgrind Sullen, dissolute, rebellious young man; resents upbringing Stephen Blackpool Unfortunate, industrious, honest worker; loses job and life Sissy Jupe Warm-hearted, kind young woman; chooses education over circus life Spouses Enemy Friends Friends Friends Close friends Guardian Housekeeper Father Father Employer Employer Siblings Rachael Kind, loving, hard-working factory laborer; cannot marry man she loves
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