Hard Times - Chapters 9 – 12 Summary & Analysis

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Sissy returns to the school where she continues to flounder, unable to grasp the strict doctrine of Fact Gradgrind forces upon her. Despite Gradgrind’s demands, Sissy has failed to relinquish her fanciful notions, including the “ridiculous” thought that her father will one day come back for her. Despite her inability to be properly educated, Gradgrind still allows her to work as a part-time educator to his daughters Louisa and Jane. Back at Stone Lodge, Sissy’s emotionality is beginning to affect Louisa, who, having been trained her entire life to ignore emotion, feels deeply moved by Sissy’s emotional passion, particularly in regards to her relationship with her father. Every day, Sissy asks Gradgrind if a letter from her father arrives, and although the letter never comes, Sissy never gives up hope that perhaps it will arrive the next day. When Tom overhears their discussion...

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