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By Charles Dickens

Set amid smokestacks and factories, Charles Dickens’s Hard Times is a blistering portrait of Victorian England because it struggles with the large fiscal turmoil as a result of the economic Revolution.

Championing the mind-numbing materialism of the interval is Thomas Gradgrind, one in every of Dickens’s such a lot brilliant characters. He opens the radical by way of arguing that girls and boys could be taught “nothing yet proof. proof by myself are sought after in life.” Forbidding the improvement of mind's eye, Gradgrind is eventually pressured to confront the result of his philosophy—his personal daughter’s poor sadness.
Full of suspense, humor, and tenderness, Hard instances is a super safety of artwork in an age of mechanism.

Karen Odden got her Ph.D. from big apple collage, the place she did her dissertation on Victorian literature. such a lot lately a lecturer at college of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she is now a contract author and lives in Arizona.

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I said, raising my hand as though to give him a cuff, with the result that the half-sovereign slipped out of it and fell into the gulf below. ’ 45 “I made no answer to these words of wisdom, but scrambled down the steep sides of the claim, followed by Harry, to hunt for my little all. Well, we hunted and we hunted, but the moonlight is an uncertain thing to look for half-sovereigns by, and there was some loose soil about, for the Kaffirs had knocked off working at this very spot a couple of hours before.

Mashune,’ I said at last, ‘where is Hans? ’ I answered. ’ “But though we talked thus, we neither of us liked to hint at what was in both our minds, namely, that misfortunate had overtaken the poor Hottentot. “ ‘Mashune,’ I said at last, ‘go down to the water and bring me of those green herbs that grow there. ’ “ ‘Nay, my father; surely the ghosts are there; they come out of the water at night, and sit upon the banks to dry themselves. ’ “Mashune was, I think, one of the bravest men I ever knew in the daytime, but he had a more than civilized dread of the supernatural.

I had lit nearly upon the back of the lioness, that had been sleeping on the slab where we always stood to dry ourselves after bathing. With a snarl and a growl, before I could do anything, before I could even cock my rifle, she had bounded right across the crystal pool, and vanished over the opposite bank. It was all done in an instant, as quick as thought. “She had been sleeping on the slab, and oh, horror! What was that sleeping beside her? It was the red remains of poor Jim-Jim, lying on a patch of blood-stained rock.

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