Find and explain a reference, expression, or saying in this section (Chapters 9–16)  of Hard Times with which you are unfamiliar, either because it is British or because it is tied to the time...

Find and explain a reference, expression, or saying in this section (Chapters 9–16)  of Hard Times with which you are unfamiliar, either because it is British or because it is tied to the time period in which this book was written.

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In spite of the fictional nature of Coketown, the language in Hard Times reflects realistically on 'class dialects' in Victorian England. The character of Stephen Blackpool represents the ill-treated and victimised working class, who, nevertheless, has a virtuous and noble heart. He stands out in the novel because he can be rather difficult for modern readers to make out at times. His British dialect seems to be generally 'northern' - probably an attempt at a Lancashire or Yorkshire accent.

"I ha' read i' th' papers that great folk ... are not bonded together for better for worse so...

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