What is the signifacance of the name James Harthouse in Hard Times?

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Names in Hard Times often suggest prominent traits in their characters. For example, the harsh gr sound repeated twice in Gradgrind's name, as well as the word grind in the second syllable, together reflect the grating, machinelike quality of this character's utilitarian philosophy and personality.

Harthouse, with its breathy h sounds, likewise reflects the superficial, merely skin-deep qualities of this aristocrat on the make. The word hart, which sounds like heart , suggests that love might be central to this character. In fact, this part of his name is ironic, because Harthouse is a smooth operator who merely toys with lonely Louisa out of a passing infatuation. Rather than a person of strong sentiment or feeling, Harthouse is calculating and cynical. He is not really...

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