...actualities, not instinct or feeling that without God to force importance on life, the life is useless. Charles Dickens, in Hard Times, faces thusly of thought by pushing its belief systems and suggestions to the great in his delineation of the Mcchoakumchild School.
Mr. Gradgrind (in a voice that is "firm, dry, and tyrannical") opens the novel at his school in Coketown expressing, "Now, what I need is, Facts." He is a man of "actualities... . Gradgrind tells Bounderby that Louisa opposed Harthouses advances yet has encountered an emergency and needs time to recoup. Bounderby is monstrously resentful and uncouth, particularly towards Mrs. Sparsit for deluding him. Overlooking...