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Analyze the climax in Charles Dickens' "Hard Times."

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The climax of this story is when Louisa, having been discovered in an attempt to elope with James Harthouse, chooses not only to give up the elopement, but to return to her father's house and not her husbands.  A few different conflicts come to a head in this choice.  First is Louisa's conflict with herself.  She originally married Bounderby for the sake of her family, and not for love.  Here is a brief exchange between Louisa and her father over the...

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