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by Charles Dickens

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What is the significance of Mrs. Sparsit's name in Hard Times?

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You are right in identifying that Dickens uses names extremely interestingly to suggest aspects about his characters. Thomas Gragrind, for example, obviously suggests something about this character and his approach to education and what he does to children. One way to consider what the name of a character suggests about them is to consider the role they play in the novel and their characteristics.

Mrs. Sparsit, therefore, is Bounderby's housekeeper, who goes to live at the bank appartments when...

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