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by Charles Dickens

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In Hard Times, what is the relationship between Mr Gradgrind and Louisa like in contrast to that of Signor Jupe and Sissy?

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Let us remember that we never actally meet Sissy's father in this excellent novel, so we have to analyse their relationship by thinking about what others tell us about them. However, Childers at the circus is able to explain the intense emotional intimacy that was present in their relationship. Note what he says, talking about them:

"Because the two were one. Because they were never asunder. Because, up to this time, he seemed to dote upon her."

He was a man who was hurt more by the fact that his daughter knew of how during every performance he was "goosed" or hissed at...

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